Learn all the signs so you'll have a better idea of when you should call your doctor.
The Chickenpox Connection
The first sign of shingles, which is also called herpes zoster, is pain that might feel like burning or tingling on one side of your face, chest, back, or waist. It can be intense. You might also feel like you're coming down with the flu, with symptoms such as:
A few days later, you may see a rash in the spot where you felt the pain. It’s usually only on one side of your body or face, but it can, in rare cases, form on your face or all over your body. The condition also:
- Causes a sharp, stabbing, or burning pain
- Sometimes itches
- Feels very sensitive to the touch
At first, the rash looks like little bumps. In 2 to 3 days, you may see fluid-filled blisters. They grow bigger and pop open. Then a hard crust forms on top of them. After a few days, the scabs fall off.
The pain can last for months or years. This complication is called postherpetic neuralgia. The feeling can be intense.
Signs that you have it in your eye can include:
- Sensitivity to light
These can range from mild to severe. People 50 and older are more likely to have more severe effects than those who are younger.
Call your doctor if you have pain or a rash on one side of your head or body.
You should see an eye doctor if:
- The rash is around your nose or eye
- Your eyes are red or painful
- You have any vision problems