The first symptom is usually:

  • Pain, tingling, burning, or itching on one side of the body, without a rash at first. These sensations may be intensely painful and unpleasant. In rare cases, this pain is the only symptom and the rash never develops.

This symptom is followed by:

  • Red patches on the skin
  • Fluid-filled blisters in the area of the red patches

Other symptoms that you may notice include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Fever and/or chills
  • Generally sick feeling and “achiness”
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Swollen glands in various parts of your body (lymph nodes)
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Genital lesions (sores).

If your shingles occurs on your face or near your eyes or ears, serious symptoms may occur such as:

  • Difficulty moving some face muscles
  • Drooping eyelid
  • Loss of eye movement
  • Problems with vision
  • Hearing loss
  • Problems with or changes in taste

Last Updated July 2020