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Symptoms of Shingles
- Muscle aches
- Anxiety, nervousness
Discomfort in the skin, usually on one side of the face, torso, trunk, back, or buttocks. The discomfort may feel like:
- Shooting pain
- Electric shock
- Sharp pain
- Extremely sensitive to even light touch
- The rash begins as a reddish band or individual bumps in a line.
- The bumps develop fluid-filled centers.
- Over the course of 7-10 days, the bumps begin to dry and crust over.
- You may continue to have pain and/or itching in the area of the rash; the pain may be severe.
- If the rash develops on the side of your nose or elsewhere on your face, you should contact your doctor right away. This can signal that your eye is affected.
NINDS shingles information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/shingles/shingles.htm. Updated January 10, 2013. Accessed May 30, 2013.
Shingles. The American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/q---t/shingles. Accessed May 30, 2013.
Stankus SJ, Dlugopolski M, et al. Management of herpes zoster (shingles) and postherpetic neuralgia. Am Fam Physician. 2000;61(8). Available at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0415/p2437.html. Accessed May 30, 2013.
Zoster. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated May 20, 2013. Accessed May 30, 2013.
- Reviewer: David Horn, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014
- Update Date: 05/07/2014