Shingles facts, suggestions and information about Shingles prevention, treatment and symptom relief

Shingles is a painful condition, and a Shingles outbreak can occur to you at any time, if you've had chickenpox in the past. Learn more about this debilitating illness, what you can do to prevent a Shingles outbreak and treatments for easing the pain and discomfort of a Shingles outbreak.


What Are The Phases of Shingles Symptoms?

Although every case of Shingles progresses in a slightly different way, most Shingles outbreaks consist of the following phases of symptoms over a 3 to 5 week period of time:
  • Initial symptoms are very minor. A slight fever, headache, chills, or run down or tired feeling are common.
  • Soon, areas of skin on your head, neck or torso will start to itch or tingle.
  • In several days this itching and tingling will be replaced by sharp "pins and needles" pain and an intense burning, or numbness.
  • In a day or two a red blotchy rash will usually start to appear in these painful areas.
  • Next, the blotchy rash will become bumpy and these bumps will develop into painful blisters filled with clear fluid.
  • As the Shingles symptoms continue to change, the blisters will expand and fill with darker pus.
  • Eventually these pustules will break open, releasing the enclosed pus.
  • These emptied pustules will then dry up and start to scab over.
  • For some individuals, the affected areas will remain painful for some time, even after the scabs have dried up and fallen off.

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