Shingles was almost beyond description. Totally, completely debilitated."
and GSK spokespersonformer shingles sufferer
Early shingles symptoms may include headache, intolerance to light, and malaise. Fever may also occur. The most common symptoms are abnormal skin sensations and pain of varying severity.
The rash forms in a couple of days, progressing to blisters and then crusting over. Usually, the rash lasts seven to 10 days, and completely heals within two to four weeks.
Shingles typically causes pain described as “aching, burning, stabbing or shock-like.”
A potential consequence of shingles is pain that can be long-term and severe after the shingles rash disappears.
Shingles is a painful rash that develops on one side of the face or body. The rash consists of blisters that typically scab over in seven to 10 days. The rash usually clears up within two to four weeks.
Most commonly, the rash occurs in a single stripe around either the left or right side of the body. In other cases, the rash occurs on one side of the face.
Click through the pictures of shingles to see its progression on different parts of the body.
This picture shows the early signs of shingles on the neck and shoulder.
The painful, blistering rash usually erupts in a single stripe on either the left or right side of the face or body, along a nerve path.
The rash usually lasts from seven to 10 days with complete healing in two to four weeks.