What are the 1st signs of shingles?


The first signs of shingles can include:

  1. Pain or tingling: Shingles often begins with a burning, itching, or tingling sensation on one side of the body, usually in a specific area.
  2. Rash: A few days after the pain or tingling starts, a red rash appears in the same area. The rash usually develops into clusters of blisters that fill with fluid and then crust over.
  3. Sensitivity to touch: The affected area may be sensitive to touch or painful, even if it’s not touched.
  4. Flu-like symptoms: Some people may experience mild flu-like symptoms, such as a fever, headache, and fatigue.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a healthcare provider as soon as possible, especially if you have a weakened immune system, as shingles can be more severe in these individuals.

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