Signs and Symptoms of Shingles – Introduction
Signs and symptoms of shingles first appearing are that of chills, fever and lethargy. Possible associated gastrointestinal disturbances may be present 3 or 4 days before the distinctive features appear. On about the 4th or 5th day, the characteristic crops of vesicles erupt on the associated skin area. The involved area is hypersensitive and the pain severe. The skin eruptions occur mainly in the thoracic region and spread unilaterally. The vesicles begin to dry and scab about the 5th day after their appearance. If the lesions persist for more than 2 weeks, an underlying immune deficiency becomes apparent. Eg: Stress, HIV or general feeling of being run down.
Most patients recover without problems except for occasional scarring of the skin. However the post neuralgic pain may persist for months or years. Most frequently after bouts of prolonged stress, immune compromised (HIV) and in the elderly.
Signs and symptoms of Shingles – The List
The signs and symptoms of shingles include the following:
- May have chills, fever and lethargy.
- Skin vesicles erupt
- Itchy sore rash
Associated neuralgic pain, which is very severe and can last for months or years.