Shingles is also known as herpes zoster, and it is a result an infection reaching a nerve and the skin that surrounds the infected nerve. Usually shingles will affect just one small area on the body and won’t cross over onto the other side of the body. The primary symptom will be a sore rash, but there are lots of other signs that you might have shingles.
Take a look at these 10 most common symptoms of shingles and if you find they apply to you, it’s probably worth contacting your doctor!
1. The rash
This the primary symptom of shingles and the first one to appear, too. When the shingles virus activates, the surrounding skin will break out in a rash that is painful and full of lots of little liquid-filled blisters. These tiny little blisters will cluster together and will stay on just one side of the body. This is because the virus likes to stay localized.
You will usually find the rashes occurring on the back, chest and neck, but it can also spread down to the buttocks as well.
The blisters will first be filled with a clear liquids but over time the blisters will become whiter.
2. Tingling feelings in the skin
Along with a rash, people with shingles experience tingling in the skin. This is usually accompanied by burning and itching sensations around the area that the rash will form. The tingling may often occur before the rash actually forms, but can continue as the rash forms and begins forming milky blisters.
It is thought that these tingling feelings occur as a result of the virus damaging the nerve roots. The nerves then respond to the virus and create a tingling sensation in the skin which may feel like it is occurring for no reason.
These feelings will usually be felt around the chest, stomach and neck – or on limbs on just one side of the body.
Sickness and nausea are also common early symptoms for people with shingles. These symptoms will generally occur when the rash is developing or has recently broke out. Individuals will feel nauseous and constantly have a sore stomach, which could easily be dismissed as a result of food poisoning. But, as time goes by, these symptoms will also be accompanied by vomiting or diarrhea as well as flu-like symptoms.
In many cases these effects are pretty mild, but they can become incredibly painful for some people.