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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:

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

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

Reviewed by Kumar Shital on September 22, 2020

Medically Reviewed on 9/22/2020

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. BMJ, July 2005.

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

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

Reviewed by Kumar Shital on September 22, 2020

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. BMJ, July 2005.

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

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

Reviewed by Kumar Shital on September 22, 2020

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