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.


Shingles Symptoms

Shingles facts, suggestions and information about Shingles prevention, treatment and symptom relief In the earliest phase of a Shingles outbreak, the patient won't yet see any physical changes, but they may experience a slight fever or chills and may have a general feeling of tiredness and "just not feeling right". As the underlying virus stimulates the nerves, the patient may have "itching" or "tingling" skin sensations on the head or torso. Soon these feelings will be replaced with a burning sensation or sharp pain as the virus reaches the nerve endings beneath the skin. Within 2 or 3 days the patient will begin to notice a painful, red rash appearing on the head or torso and soon these small bumps will turn into painful blisters (see picture above) filled with clear liquid (note that in rare cases, the outbreak will not be accompanied by a rash). These blisters will then enlarge and become filled with pus. Finally, these pustules will break open and release their fluid, then dry up and turn to scabs. This phase of rash and blisters will persist for 1 to 2 weeks, but it may take an additional 2 weeks for the scabs to dry up and fall off. The Shingles outbreak will tend to have a shorter duration if the blisters and rash are primarily on the face, and a longer duration if they are primarily on the torso. Most Shingles outbreaks will last from 3 to 5 weeks.

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