Shingles is caused by Varicella-Zoster, better known as the Chickenpox virus. One in three people will get shingles at least once in thier lifetime.
Shingles is an infection and inflammation of a branch of nerves that is close to the surface of the skin. Usually only one nerve, on one side of the body, is affected. An outbreak will look like this:
The pain from shingles can be mild to very severe, and can even cause lasting damage to the nerves. An outbreak of shingles usually follows this course:
- Pain, tingling, numbness, and intense itching on a specific part of the skin, usually on only one side of the body, begins.
- From 1 to 5 days after the pain begins, a rash will appear and then develop into itchy fluid-filled blisters.
- The rash usually appears on the trunk of the body, but may involve the face, eyes, mouth and ears.
- The blisters will begin to rupture and dry.
If this sounds like your rash, you more than likely have shingles, so be sure to contact your physician to confirm. For information about easing the pain and drying the blisters of shingles, click HERE.