Early symptoms of shingles may include fever and general weakness.
You may also feel areas of pain, burning, or a tingling sensation.
A few days later, the first signs of a rash appear.
What can be mistaken for shingles?
Shingles can sometimes be mistaken for another skin conditions, such as hives, psoriasis, or eczema. The shingles rash also tends to clear up in a few weeks. Rashes due to eczema and psoriasis may last longer. A shingles rash is also usually a lot more painful than other rashes.
What does a mild case of shingles look like?
Shingles follows a pattern: The first sign is often burning or tingling pain; sometimes, it includes numbness or itching on one side of the body. Somewhere between 1 and 5 days after the tingling or burning feeling on the skin, a red rash will appear. A few days later, the rash will turn into fluid-filled blisters.
Where does shingles usually start?
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.
How does shingles make you feel?
The first sign can be a tingling or painful feeling in an area of skin, or a headache or feeling generally unwell. A rash will then appear a few days later. Most often people get shingles on the left or right side of the torso, on a patch of skin served by nerves from a single ganglion.
Can you sleep with someone with shingles?
Yes, people with shingles are contagious. Shingles are caused by the chickenpox virus which has been dormant (staying quiet) in your body ever since you had chickenpox. 2 So, you get shingles from your own chickenpox virus, not from someone else.
How long should you stay home with shingles?
If the blisters are located on the face, you should not go back to work until they have crusted over (usually within 7 to 10 days). If the blisters are located in an area you can cover with bandages or clothing you may get back to work as soon as you feel well enough to do so.
What do shingles spots look like?
The shingles rash appears as red blotches on your skin, on 1 side of your body only. A rash on both the left and right of your body is unlikely to be shingles. The blotches become itchy blisters that ooze fluid. A few days later, the blisters dry out and scab.
Will shingles go away on its own?
Shingles. Because shingles often goes away on its own, many people are able to manage the pain with over-the-counter pain medications. However, it is important to see a doctor within three days so you and your doctor can decide on a treatment plan, including whether you will need antiviral medications.
Can you catch shingles from someone?
Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. The virus that causes shingles, varicella zoster virus (VZV) can spread from a person with active shingles and cause chickenpox in someone who had never had chickenpox or received chickenpox vaccine.