Shingles is a common disease in adults that frequently manifests as an awful and painful rash. The very first signs of shingles are a flaming or itchy pain inside or under the skin as felt by the patient. It may sometimes be associated with numbness.
Other common symptoms of shingles vary from fever to chilliness with a troubled stomach and head. The pain caused by shingles is sometimes meek and sometimes strong. Different people describe different feelings associated with shingles pain. The blazing feel in the affected area may sometimes join the killing pain. When 2 to 4 days pass with the early symptoms of shingles, a rash of tiny fluid filled blisters suggesting chickenpox, seen on the skin of the patient. The skin color also changes from its natural color to red.
Within 3 to 5 days the blisters turn up influentially making the situation worse. The eruption or blisters are typically limited to a specific band which is known as dermatome. These blisters may span one side of the box, around the waistline or may simply gather on a side of the face. Distribution of the shingles is an indication that will tell where the chickenpox virus is hiding. This virus may be present there since the start of the infection. The trunk and the face affect the most with comparison to the other parts of the body. In some remote cases the lower part of the body may also get affected.
The open arching takes 7 to 14 days from the date of blisters blow up to form outer layer on the skin. It may take further 14 days or so to get relief from the sores caused by the eruption of the blisters. The pain associated with it may be there for months and in some rare cases even for years! As the time passes, the immune system of the body improves to fight shingles and the symptoms of shingle recover. This is normal in most of the cases.
There may be cases where shingles complications happen. One of the most common complications is postherpetic neuralgia. When pain persists in the affected area even after the shingles healed is called posttherpetic neuralgia. It is important to see your physician if you have any of these symptoms.