Symptoms of Shingles
by Amy Scholten, MPH
Shingles start with itching, burning, tingling, or painful feelings in a band-like area. A skin rash appears about 3 to 4 days after these symptoms.
Early symptoms happen 3 to 4 days before the rash and may be:
Symptoms of Active Shingles
This period starts with a rash in the same area as the early symptoms. Symptoms may be
For most people, active shingles is gone within a week to a month. Some people have pain after the rash has healed. This is called postherpetic neuralgia. It can be severe and limit activities.
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Last reviewed November 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board David L. Horn, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 11/15/21
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