Signs and Symptoms

rash on back of the body.
rash on front of the body.

Shingles is a painful, usually itchy, rash that develops on one side of the face or body. The rash consists of blisters that typically scab over in 7 to 10 days and fully clear up within 2 to 4 weeks.

Early signs

People can have pain, itching, or tingling in the area where the rash will develop. This can happen several days before the rash appears. People can also have a fever before the rash appears.

Most common symptoms

The rash most commonly occurs in a single stripe around the left or the right side of the body. The rash can also occur on one side of the face. Shingles on the face can affect the eye and cause vision loss. The rash can be more widespread on the body and look similar to a chickenpox rash. This is very rare and usually occurs in people with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms of shingles can also include

  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Upset stomach