Signs of shingles include sensitivity to touch, itchy skin, fluid-filled blisters, burning and pain, explains Mayo Clinic. Numbness or tingling may also occur. Some patients also report headaches, fever, fatigue and light sensitivity.
In most cases, shingles symptoms occur only on a small section of the person's body, according to Mayo Clinic. The first warning sign of a shingles infection is usually pain in the affected area, and some patients have pain without going on to develop the shingles rash. If the pain occurs in certain locations of the body, patients or doctors may mistakenly think it is a sign of problems related to the lung, heart or kidneys. When a rash develops, it is most common for it to take the form of a stripe of blisters wrapping around one side of the torso. Less commonly, the rash appears around an eye or on either side of the face or neck.
Pain or a rash near the eye requires immediate medical attention, as permanent eye damage may result if the infection is not treated in a timely manner, warns Mayo Clinic. Patients with weakened immune systems or who are over the age of 70 should also seek prompt medical treatment if they experience shingles symptoms.