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10 Most Common Symptoms of Shingles

Shingles is also known as herpes zoster, and it is a result an infection reaching a nerve and the skin that surrounds the infected nerve. Usually shingles will affect just one small area on the body and won’t cross over onto the other side of the body. The primary symptom will be a sore rash, but there are lots of other signs that you might have shingles.

Take a look at these 10 most common symptoms of shingles and if you find they apply to you, it’s probably worth contacting your doctor!

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1. The rash

This the primary symptom of shingles and the first one to appear, too. When the shingles virus activates, the surrounding skin will break out in a rash that is painful and full of lots of little liquid-filled blisters. These tiny little blisters will cluster together and will stay on just one side of the body. This is because the virus likes to stay localized.

You will usually find the rashes occurring on the back, chest and neck, but it can also spread down to the buttocks as well.

The blisters will first be filled with a clear liquids but over time the blisters will become whiter.

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