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How can you tell shingles from an allergy or other type of rash?

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One way to help tell shingles from an allergy or other type of rash is by its other symptoms. It can cause flu-like symptoms, such as:

These can range from mild to severe. People 50 and older are more likely to have more severe effects than those who are younger.

  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Stomachache

From: What Are the Symptoms of Shingles? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 08, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/08/2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Shingles: Signs and Symptoms."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Shingles Symptoms."

CDC: "Chickenpox (Varicella) Signs & Symptoms," "Shingles Overview."

National Institute on Aging: "Shingles."

Nemours Foundation: "Shingles."

NIH: "Shingles Symptoms and Diagnosis."

Opstelten, W. , July 2005. BMJ

UpToDate: "Patient Information: Shingles (Beyond the Basics)."

National Health Service UK, “Shingles: When to seek medical advice.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 08, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Shingles: Signs and Symptoms."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Shingles Symptoms."

CDC: "Chickenpox (Varicella) Signs & Symptoms," "Shingles Overview."

National Institute on Aging: "Shingles."

Nemours Foundation: "Shingles."

NIH: "Shingles Symptoms and Diagnosis."

Opstelten, W. , July 2005. BMJ

UpToDate: "Patient Information: Shingles (Beyond the Basics)."

National Health Service UK, “Shingles: When to seek medical advice.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 08, 2018

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