Symptoms of Shingles


Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso.

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you’ve had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles.

While it isn’t a life-threatening condition, shingles can be very painful. Vaccines can help reduce the risk of shingles, while early treatment can help shorten a shingles infection and lessen the chance of complications.


The signs and symptoms of shingles usually affect only a small section of one side of your body. These signs and symptoms may include:

  • Pain, burning, numbness or tingling
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • A red rash that begins a few days after the pain
  • Fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over
  • Itching

Some people also experience:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Fatigue

Pain is usually the first symptom of shingles. For some, it can be intense. Depending on the location of the pain, it can sometimes be mistaken for a symptom of problems affecting the heart, lungs or kidneys. Some people experience shingles pain without ever developing the rash.

Most commonly, the shingles rash develops as a stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or right side of your torso. Sometimes the shingles rash occurs around one eye or on one side of the neck or face.


Although we don’t have a remedy to prevent or cure shingles, the Shingle Gel can bring immediate relief from the pain and itchiness related to shingles.

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  1. says

    I had shingles about a month ago, the area was on the right hand side of my neck and head. It started as a ‘Tender touch’ area, and became as violent as laying my head on glass shards, plus a violent headache….
    it lasted like this for several days. My doctor pronounced, Herpes Zoster…..shingles, and would not prescribe any medication until the rash appeared.
    Well, the rash never appeared, and the dreadful pain it caused did ease considerably. It is still tender to the touch….by the way, I am 91 years of age, and must have had chicken pox darned near a hundred years back….aint nature wonderful?