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 Shingles Symptoms?

Shingles facts, suggestions and information about Shingles prevention, treatment and symptom relief A Shingles outbreak usually begins with no physical symptoms, but you may have a slight fever or chills and just feel generally run down or tired. If you are having a Shingles outbreak, your skin will soon start to itch or tingle (usually on your head, neck or torso) and in a day or so this itching and tingling will be replaced by sharp pain and an intense burning sensation in those areas. Several days later a red rash will usually start to appear in these painful areas, and soon the rash bumps will expand into painful blisters filled with clear fluid (as in the photo above). As the Shingles outbreak continues to run its course the blisters will expand and fill with pus. Eventually these blister pustules will open, releasing the encapsulated pus, at which point the pustules will start to dry up and scab over. Typically, you will experience the rash and blisters phase for 1 - 2 weeks, followed by an additional 2 weeks for the scabs to dry up and then fall off. A Shingles outbreak will usually at least 3 weeks, but not more than 5 weeks. Note that your Shingles outbreak will be of a shorter duration if your blisters and rash appear on you face rather than your torso.

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