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Shingles: Symptoms with Pictures

Early signs of shingles can include tingling and localized pain. You may also develop a blistering rash that can itch, burn, or hurt.

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, occur when the dormant chickenpox virus, varicella zoster, is reactivated in your nerve tissue.

Typically, the shingles rash lasts 2 to 4 weeks, and most people make a complete recovery.

Doctors are often able to quickly diagnose shingles from the appearance of the skin rash.

Share on PinterestShingles rash, shown here on a darker skin tone, appears as tiny red blisters in a group or cluster.
Anukool Manoton/ShutterstockShare on PinterestA viral infection causes shingles and a painful rash (shown on a lighter skin tone).
Photography by DermNet New Zealand

Prior to the rash starting, you may develop a burning sensation, itchiness, or tingling on one side of the body, often on the trunk. You may also develop:

  • a headache
  • sensitivity to light
  • general fatigue

When the rash starts, you may notice pink or red blotchy patches on one side of your body. These patches cluster along nerve pathways. Some people report feeling shooting pain in the area of the rash.

During this initial stage, shingles is not contagious.

The rash quickly develops fluid-filled blisters like chickenpox. They may be accompanied by itching. New blisters continue to develop for several days. In most cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), blisters appear over a localized area, but widespread blistering is possible.

Blisters are most common on the torso and face, but they can occur elsewhere. In rare cases, the rash appears on the lower body. Some possibly may not develop a rash at all.

It’s not possible to transmit the shingles virus to someone. However, if you’ve never had chickenpox or the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine, it’s possible to get chickenpox from someone with shingles through direct contact with active blisters since the same virus causes both shingles and chickenpox.

Once a rash starts, it’s important to consult with your doctor within 3 days, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). In the first 3 days, they can prescribe an antiviral, which can help speed up recovery and reduce symptom severity.

Share on PinterestAs shingles heals, the rash will start to scab over (shown on a darker skin tone).
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Share on PinterestIn most cases, shingles rash leaves no scars and fully heals (shown on a lighter skin tone).
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Blisters sometimes erupt and ooze. They may then turn slightly yellow and begin to flatten. As they dry out, scabs form. Each blister can take 7 to 10 days to crust over, per the National Institute on Aging.

During this stage, your pain may ease a little, but it can continue for months, or in some cases, years.

Once all blisters have completely crusted over, there is a low risk of transmitting the virus.

Shingles often appears around the rib cage or waist, and may look like a “belt” or “half belt.” You might also hear this formation referred to as a “shingles band” or a “shingles girdle.

This classic presentation is easily recognizable as shingles. The belt can cover a wide area on one side of your midsection. Its location can make tight clothing particularly uncomfortable.

Share on PinterestIn some cases, shingles rash can present near the eye. This is known as ophthalmic shingles.

Ophthalmic shingles, also known as herpes zoster ophthalmicus, occurs around the eye. Often, it starts out as a burning or tingling sensation on the scalp, cheeks, or forehead.

Like when shingles appears on other areas of the body, the tingling sensation can turn into an itchy, painful rash on the scalp, forehead, or cheeks.

If shingles affects the eyes, it can cause symptoms such as redness and swelling of the eye, inflammation of your cornea or iris, and drooping eyelid. Ophthalmic shingles can also cause:

  • mild to severe vision loss
  • discharge from the eye
  • feeling that a foreign body is in the eye
  • light sensitivity

According to the CDC, though less common, people who develop shingles may develop a rash that crosses multiple dermatomes. Dermatomes are separate skin areas that are supplied by separate spinal nerves.

When the rash affects three or more dermatomes, it is called “disseminated or widespread zoster.” In these cases, the rash may look more like chickenpox than shingles. You are more likely to develop widespread shingles if you have a weakened immune system.

A secondary bacterial infection is a possible complication of shingles.

Open sores of any kind are always susceptible to bacterial infection. To lower the possibility of a secondary infection, keep the area clean and avoid scratching.

Severe infection can lead to permanent scarring of the skin. Report any sign of infection to your doctor immediately. Early treatment can help prevent it from spreading. People with weakened immune systems have a higher chance of developing infections or other complications.

Most people can expect the rash to heal within 2 to 4 weeks. Although some people may be left with minor scars, most will make a complete recovery with no visible scarring.

In some cases, pain along the site of the rash can continue for several months or longer. This is known as postherpetic neuralgia.

You may have heard that once you get shingles, you can’t get it again. However, the CDC cautions that shingles can return multiple times in some people.

The varicella-zoster virus causes shingles to occur. If you had chickenpox as a child or got the chickenpox vaccine, you can develop shingles at some point within your life. However, you have a lower risk of developing shingles if you had the vaccine.

The exact reason why the virus resurfaces is still not fully understood. However, as you age and your defense against the virus decreases, you may become more susceptible. The risk of developing shingles and complications increases drastically at 50 years old.

According to the CDC, about 1 in 3 adults will develop shingles at least once in their lifetime. Several factors, including age, can increase your risk of developing shingles at least once in your lifetime.

Possible risk factors include:

  • being age 50 years or older
  • living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • being a bone marrow or solid organ transplant recipient
  • taking immunosuppressive medications, such as chemotherapy, steroids, or those related to transplants
  • living with cancer, particularly leukemia and lymphoma

The CDC notes that other factors may play a part in who develops shingles, but more research is needed to further explain, better understand, and confirm these factors. According to research:

  • There’s a higher prevalence of shingles diagnoses in white people compared with Black people.
  • People who are assigned female at birth may be more likely to develop shingles than people who are assigned male at birth.

Most doctors can visually examine and diagnose shingles based on the rash and other symptoms. In most cases, the rash:

  • appears a few days after other symptoms, such as tingling sensation, start
  • develops only on one side of the body
  • often occurs around the trunk
  • appears only in one or two areas
  • develops a blistering effect that lasts about 2 to 4 weeks

Shingles rash vs.


Share on PinterestCold sores are caused by HSV-1 (shown on a darker skin tone).

Share on PinterestHSV-1 spreads by close contact, commonly through kissing (shown on a lighter skin tone).
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Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is in the same viral family as herpes simplex. At first, it may be difficult to tell the two conditions apart because they both cause blistering rashes.

However, shingles, unlike herpes, typically does not cross the body’s midline and often appears on the trunk. Herpes often appears around the genitals or in the mouth. In both cases, a person may not develop a rash at all or may develop other symptoms that can help a doctor distinguish between the two conditions.

A person should talk with their doctor if they’re not sure which virus may be causing the rash.

For more information on herpes versus shingles rash, click here.

Shingles rash vs. poison ivy

Share on PinterestPoison ivy rash will appear red and inflamed and can be painful (shown on a darker skin tone).
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Share on PinterestPoison ivy exposure can cause a quick-forming rash on the exposed areas (shown on a lighter skin tone).
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Poison ivy, oak, or sumac can cause an allergic reaction that results in a painful, itchy rash. When the rash appears, it often appears as a straight line.

One way to distinguish between the two conditions is that poison ivy often appears on exposed areas of skin and on both sides of the body.

You can learn more about the difference between shingles and poison ivy rash here.

Salvan a una culebra de ser cazada en Pedralbes

El lunes de Pascua pudimos ser testigos de cómo una serpiente pudo ser rescatada antes de que un ave rapaz le diera caza en Pedralbes.

Tuve la oportunidad de hacer estas fotografías, que comparto en Las Fotos de los Lectores de La Vanguardia, junto a un vídeo.  


Se trata de una culebra bastarda. En el huerto del monasterio de Pedralbes es muy normal ver estas serpientes, pero es muy difícil conseguir retratarlas, porque se escapan en seguida. 

En este caso, nos dimos cuenta que la culebra no paraba de serpentear porque volaba al acecho para cazarla un cernícalo, que también tenemos por el monasterio desde el año 2020.

Ante este panorama, Adrián, que aparece en una de las imágenes, la cogió para ocultarla del ave de rapiña que la perseguía. ¡Fue toda una aventura! 


Culebra bastarda rescatada de su depredador en Pedralbes.

Isaura Marcos

El cernícalo es un ave de presa diurna y fácil de ver. Tiene alas largas de color bermejo con manchas negras, así como una larga cola muy distintiva, gris por la parte superior y de borde redondeado y negro.

Es relativamente pequeño comparado con otras rapaces, pero más grande que la mayoría de las aves.

Prefiere un hábitat de campo abierto y matorral, pero nidifican en grietas de rocas, huecos de árbol o en edificios, como en Barcelona.

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Para el cernícalo, esta serpiente era una buena presa, puesto que la culebra bastarda es la mayor de la Península y, también, de Europa. De hecho, puede llegar a medir 240 cm, si bien las hembras son más pequeñas. La que aparece en las fotos es un macho.

Como se aprecia en las fotografías, su cabeza es alargada y tiene el hocico puntiagudo, con una depresión entre los ojos y los orificios nasales.  

La culebra bastarda tiene una mirada penetrante, da la sensación de ser feroz si la observas, y eso porque las escamas sobre los ojos son prominentes. 

Llama la atención también su cola es larga y delgada, que se puede ver muy bien en el vídeo que acompaña este reportaje de la aventura que esta serpiente vivió en el monasterio de Pedralbes hasta conseguir escapar de su depredador.


Culebra bastarda localizada en el monasterio de Pedralbes.

Isaura Marcos

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Los interesados en participar en Las Fotos de los Lectores tan solo deben escribir un email a la dirección de correo de nuestra sección de Participación ([email protected] es) adjuntando la fotografía, explicando detalles de cómo y dónde fue tomada y aportando los datos del autor para la firma de la imagen. Es importante indicar en el asunto del correo: ´Fotos de los Lectores´.


Villa Ensenada Honda — Culebra, Puerto Rico




A 5-minute drive from Ensenada Honda Bay and 3 km from Flamenco Beach, Ensenada Honda Villas offers an airport shuttle and free parking.

The villa features a balcony, TV and air conditioning, and a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and refrigerator. The private bathroom comes with a hairdryer. The windows offer views of the sea and the city. nine0003

Various restaurants can be found within 500 meters from the complex.

Culebra National Park is a 10-minute drive from the complex, while Culebra Airport is 450 meters away.

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  • Air conditioning
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This apartment features a balcony, kitchen and sea…

  • Sea view
  • Garden view
  • Mountain view
  • City view
  • Air conditioner
  • Balcony
  • Terrace

Book now from: €197.21

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» The view was spectacular. Waking up to that ocean view is priceless. The location is close to the best beaches on the island and to the restaurants » — Frances

10.00 / 10 — Fantastic!

» The owner had lots of great information regarding open restaurants and markets. The place itself had a lovely view and setup. We only stayed for a few days but would have loved to stay longer. It was … » — Kara

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» This place is awesome, this is my second time staying here with my family, the place is clean, comfortable, has an awesome view and the manager is always available and ready to resolve any issue, will. .. » — Carlos

9.00 / 10 — Excellent!

» Smells really good!! They just have this little scentsy bags and the place smells fantastic. Beds are comfortable. The place was spacious and really big. O really enjoy staying here. Was pretty close to …

» La vista y tranquilidad » — Alicia

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« La vista » — Raquel

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« Excelente localización, vista espectacular, área tranquila. La comunicación con el host fue excelente, definitivamente me volvería a quedar allí. » — Denisee

Internet access is not available.

Free private parking on site (reservation is not needed) .

Pets are not allowed.

Children of all ages can be accommodated.
Children up to and including 17 years old can stay free of charge in an existing bed.
Baby cots are not available.
No extra beds available.

Please inform Villa Ensenada Honda in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details found on your Booking Confirmation. nine0126 Guests are required to show a valid photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that special requests cannot be guaranteed and additional charges may apply.
This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.
Payment must be made by bank transfer prior to arrival. The property will contact you after booking with instructions. nine0126 This property is not accepting guests from certain countries on dates during which applicable government guidelines to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) apply.
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is currently implementing additional health and safety measures.
This property will only accept bookings from essential workers and travelers with a travel permit on dates during which applicable government guidance to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) applies. They will need to provide supporting documents upon arrival. If this is not done, the booking will be canceled on the spot. nine0126 Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to protect guests and staff. Some amenities and services may not be available or may be limited.
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property has reduced reception and service hours.
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is following strict physical distancing measures.
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please ensure that you follow all guidelines from the authorities in your destination when booking this property. These recommendations may relate, in particular, to the purpose of the trip and the maximum size of your group. nine0126 Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), masks are mandatory in all common areas of this property.
Please note that the property is a non-smoking property. Smoking in rooms is subject to a $80 fine.
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  • nine0019 Free parking

  • Parking on site
  • Private parking

Public areas

  • Terrace
  • Sun deck


  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Air conditioner


  • Smoke detectors
  • Video surveillance in common areas
  • Video surveillance outside the building
  • Fire extinguishers


Costa Bonita Culebra Villas Privadas

The budget Costa Bonita Culebra Villas Privadas is located just a few minutes walk from the outdoor pool.

Zoni beach and Playa Sardinas are at a distance of 3.3 km and 3.5 km respectively. The center of Culebra is 4 km away.Museum of History is also located near the hotel. nine0003

The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a balcony and a coffee maker. Guests will appreciate the view of the sea. Each has a bath and shower.

Breakfast is served every morning at the bar.Kulbra airport can be reached by car.

  • Local attractions
  • Ensenada Dakity

    1000 m

  • Zoni

    3 km

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    3.5 km

  • Culebra National Wildlife Refuge

    2.8 km

  • The National Reserve Culebra

    2.8 km

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  • Airports
  • Kyulbra Airport

    3.3 km

  • 395

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    Room in number

    • Patio
    • Dinner table
    • TV with a flat screen

    It is important to know

    Railway Registration: from 15:00 to 20:00 9000 : from 08:00 to 11:00

    • Extra bed information
    • All children under 18 stay free of charge using existing bedding. nine0020
    • Baby cots are not available in the rooms.


    • Costa Bonita Culebra Villas Privadas provides free parking.

    • On average, Costa Bonita Culebra Villas Privadas offers rooms for $118. For more information, please contact the hotel representatives.

    • 5 km separates Culbra Airport from Costa Bonita Culebra Villas Privadas.

    • Guests are requested to leave Costa Bonita Culebra Villas Privadas by 11:00.

    Check the conditions of your booking

    For bookings made from April 6, 2020, we recommend that you evaluate the risk associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) and the measures taken by the authorities to combat it. If you select a non-refundable rate, you will not be able to receive a refund if your booking is cancelled. Your cancellation request will be processed by the hotel in accordance with your rate conditions and consumer protection laws. If in doubt, we recommend booking a free cancellation option.

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