You can think of shingles as the one-two punch of infections. Anyone who ever gets it had a case of the chickenpox first, often many decades earlier.
The reason these two conditions are paired up: They come from the same virus.
Chickenpox causes itchy blistersthat might start on your back, chest, and face and spread to the rest of your body. Shingles is a rash with shooting pain. It usually shows up on just one side of your body.
If you start to feel tingly and itchy on one side of your torso and then notice a rash, call your doctor. She can examine you and figure out whether you have shingles
The symptoms of shinglesinclude:
- Localized burning, throbbing or stabbing pain where the rash will soon appear (within days to weeks); some people describe it as more itchy. It can be constant or come and go.
- Tingling, itching, or prickling skin, followed several days later by a group of fluid-filled blisters on a red, inflamed base of skin; the blisters typically crust over in a week.
- The rash may be accompanied by fever, fatigue, or headache
How Do I Know If I Have Shingles?
A blistering rash on one side of your body can be a sign you have it. See your doctor to find out for sure. Once you’ve been diagnosed, you can get treated to help relieve your rash and other symptoms.
The Telltale Signs
Your doctor will first ask whether you’ve had chickenpox and look at your symptoms. A rash is the main sign of shingles. Often your doctor can tell that you have it from your skin alone.
- Appears on one side of your body and/or face
- Stings, burns, and/or itches
- Starts as red bumps that form into blisters
What Problems Can Shingles Cause?
When you have shingles, you tend to focus on the short-term — how to get relief from the pain and discomfort you have right now. For that, you have a lot of treatment options, from medicines to alternative therapies.
Shingles is a viral infection. The main symptom is a rash, usually on one side of your body. Typically, it hurts, burns, itches, and tingles. It may also give you a fever or headache and make you feel really tired.
Most of the time, your symptoms go away in less than a month. But for some people, complications come up.
While shingles itself is almost never life-threatening, it can lead to serious problems, such as the loss of eyesight.
If you think you have shingles, check with your doctor.
Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about side effects to watch for if you’re put on one these.
Information came from WebMD