The first signs of shingles can include:
- Pain or tingling: Shingles often begins with a burning, itching, or tingling sensation on one side of the body, usually in a specific area.
- 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.
- Sensitivity to touch: The affected area may be sensitive to touch or painful, even if it’s not touched.
- 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.