Common, early shingles symptoms are the development of flu-like fever, nausea and diarrhea, also accompanied by outbreak of an area of skin with painful blisters.
Shingles (herpes zoster) is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes Chickenpox. The virus spreads to nerve cells in the spine and may lay dormant following initial infection (Chickenpox).
Following some unknown trigger, the virus reemerges from the spinal nerves and travels to the skin where it again causes sores, often severely painful.
Shingles typically develops most commonly after 50 years of age.
Shingles infection symptoms:
- general feeling of illness
- difficulty urinating
- skin tingling
- skin itch
- small blisters surrounded by red area
- severely painful skin area (sometimes prolonged or chronic)
Diagnosis is typically through a physical examination and discussion of the symptoms. A laboratory test may be used to confirm diagnosis.
Treatment is typically with antiviral drugs. There is no cure. Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms and shortening the duration of the condition.