Shingles symptom: painful blisters
It can sometimes be difficult to figure out why you might have painful blisters on your body. You might think a painful rash is due to an allergy, or maybe even bug bites. But painful blisters can sometimes be a sign of shingles, a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus (the same virus that causes chicken pox) that can be extraordinarily painful. “Some people mistake shingles blisters for spider bites, says geriatrician Dr Tracy Lippard. “Getting care quickly is important, as the medication to treat shingles works best if it’s started within three days of the rash.”
Shingles symptom: skin irritation on one side of the body
This is one of the hallmark symptoms of shingles, also called herpes zoster. “Shingles is always on one side of the body,” says general practitioner Dr Randy Wexler. “It never crosses the midline.”
Shingles symptom: sensitivity to light
A sudden sensitivity to bright light, whether sunshine or fluorescent lighting, can be a subtle sign that something is amiss. According to Dr Larisa Geskin, associate professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Centre, it may mimic the feeling of a mild migraine coming on.