Common symptoms of shingles include pain, numbness, burning, tingling, itching or sensitivity of a single area of the skin on one side of the body, states Mayo Clinic. Patients may also notice a red rash that lasts for several days following the irritation as well as fluid-filled blisters.
Pain ranges in severity and is generally the first sign of shingles, and patients may mistake it for a symptom of another condition depending on the location, states Mayo Clinic. Although the rash sometimes never appears, it generally presents as a strip of blisters that wraps around one side of the torso, on the neck or around one eye. The blisters may burst and crust over. Less common symptoms of shingles include fever, fatigue, headache or light sensitivity.
Other symptoms that may occur prior to the rash include swelling or tenderness of the lymph nodes, chills, stomach ache and diarrhea, says WebMD. When the rash occurs, pain is generally more prevalent than itching, and the pain is often described as a feeling of needles piercing the skin. Patients should contact a doctor about their symptoms if they have compromised immune systems, are over 70 years of age, are experiencing symptoms around the eye or are experiencing intense pain, notes Mayo Clinic.