Shingles Rash: 5 Common Signs of the Shingles Virus

Shingles Virus
Shingles Rash

Herpes Shingles virus is caused by the same viral infection that causes chickenpox (herpes zoster), shingles affect almost 1 million people in India every year.

How can you know if you have shingles or not? Here are some common symptoms of shingles rash:

RASH

The herpes shingles virus most commonly occurs in the form of the shingles rash. Shingles are very similar to chickenpox in that both conditions are caused by the same infection. It usually consists of painful, fluid-filled blisters located in one area of the body. This localization occurs because shingles affect localized nerve roots. This form of shingles is most commonly found on the chest, back, neck, and buttocks, where these nerve clusters are located.

While this is usually the most obvious symptom of a herpes outbreak, don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s the only symptom. In addition, most patients report feeling generally unwell or having flu-like symptoms in the days before this shingles attack.

TINGLING SENSATIONS OR NUMBNESS

In addition to flu-like symptoms, many people with shingles report tingling or numbness before shingles develop. These sensations usually occur in the same area of the body that is later affected by shingles.

Not only that, but these sensations can lead to extreme sensitivity to touch. Patients also frequently report itching and burning sensations. These sensations are thought to be the result of the shingles virus infecting nerve roots, which in turn respond to any stimulus, even on a microscopic level. Patients may experience a burning or tingling sensation for no apparent reason.

NAUSEA

This is often one of the most common symptoms of shingles and is mistaken for something else. Most people can attribute nausea to what they eat or drink. Unfortunately, this symptom can progress to a flu-like condition, although vomiting is a relatively uncommon consequence of this nausea.

Instead, patients often report a general feeling of severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, and persistent nausea. It’s important to note that, unlike the flu, nausea before a shingles outbreak is usually not accompanied by a fever. This is an important difference between the two cases.

EYE COMPLICATIONS

Vision problems can occur when the shingles virus spreads to the nerves that connect to the patient’s eye. They can appear extremely sensitive to light, which can be painful and be mistaken for migraine symptoms.

In more severe cases, the herpes shingles virus can even cause conjunctivitis, also known as conjunctivitis. When these symptoms occur, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. If left untreated, the eye symptoms caused by shingles can lead to permanent vision problems. Although blindness from shingles is rare, it’s still a possibility no one should ignore.

EXTREME FATIGUE

This is another symptom that patients often mistake for the flu. Unexplained extreme fatigue often occurs in the days leading up to a shingles outbreak.

Unfortunately, the most common response to this symptom is to increase caffeine intake, which only dehydrates the body and increases fatigue symptoms. In rare cases, patients experience confusion or even brief memory loss during periods of extreme fatigue. Like any of the symptoms above, extreme fatigue should be treated by a doctor, flu or not.

While herpes cure provides free herpes shingles treatment, it’s important to pay attention to the symptoms so treatment can begin as soon as possible. Now hope you understand how herpes shingles can be tricky. You have to make sure, that you don’t ignore the symptoms.

If you’re concerned about a shingles rash and you suspect it may be shingles, don’t hesitate to contact Herpes cure today. You can visit our website for booking an appointment.

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