Shingles is a rash that typically occurs on one side of the body. It can also occur on one side of the face. The symptoms include pain, burning or a tingling sensation. Other symptoms can include a red rash, fluid filled blisters and itching, according to the Mayo Clinic. Some people may also experience flu-like symptoms including a fever, headaches and chills. On occasion, a person will also be very sensitive to light.
When a person gets shingles, it is the chickenpox virus becoming active in the body. Only people who have had chickenpox at some point in their life are susceptible to shingles. Commonly, a person gets shingles one time but, in rare cases, a person can suffer from it two or three times.
Shingles is not typically contagious but, a person who has not had chicken pox can contract it after being exposed to a person with shingles. Shingles is not usually serious. However, in older people, the virus can cause complications, such as when the rash is near the eyes or mouth.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases