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What are the symptoms of early shingles?

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Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that also causes chickenpox. If you’ve been exposed to chickenpox or it vaccine, the virus never really goes away. When it comes back, it can cause shingles, a rash that often appears as a band on one side of the body. Early shingles symptoms can include:

Itching, tingling, or extreme pain where the rash is developing may come next, and the pain can be moderate to severe.

  • Headache
  • Light sensitivity
  • Flu-like symptoms

SOURCES:

News release, Depomed, Inc. News release, FDA. Robert H. Dworkin, PhD, professor, department of anesthesiology, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y. Johnson, R., , April 5, 2003. Jung, B. et al., , May 2004. Katz, J. et al., , December 2005. Mounsey, A. et al., , Sept. 15, 2005. U.S. Food and Drug Administration web site: "Shingles: An Unwelcome Encore." News release, FDA.







BMJNeurologyJournal of PainAmerican Family Physician

Centers for Disease Control.

Sampathkumar , P. Mar 2009. Mayo Clin Proc.

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 03, 2018

SOURCES:

News release, Depomed, Inc. News release, FDA. Robert H. Dworkin, PhD, professor, department of anesthesiology, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y. Johnson, R., , April 5, 2003. Jung, B. et al., , May 2004. Katz, J. et al., , December 2005. Mounsey, A. et al., , Sept. 15, 2005. U.S. Food and Drug Administration web site: "Shingles: An Unwelcome Encore." News release, FDA.







BMJNeurologyJournal of PainAmerican Family Physician

Centers for Disease Control.

Sampathkumar , P. Mar 2009. Mayo Clin Proc.

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 03, 2018

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