Think you may have Shingles? Check your symptoms now.
It's not easy to tell if you have Shingles before the actual outbreak of the rash. Many of the symptoms some people feel before the rash (itching, burning, pain) can often resemble other diseases and conditions, including a bad sunburn and/or an allergic reaction. But this tool can help you learn more about the symptoms of Shingles and what you can do about them. If you think you have Shingles, see your health care professional as soon as you can.
After Shingles Rash
Shingles can lead to a complication called postherpetic neuralgia, or PHN, which is long-term nerve pain. The number of cases of PHN is higher among older adults.
In cases of PHN, the pain has been described as dull, persistent, aching, stabbing, or shooting.
The long-term pain of PHN can last for months or even years.
Occurs in the same area affected by the rash.
What you can do:
If a health care professional prescribes antivirals at the first sign of Shingles, the chances of developing PHN are reduced. However, antivirals do not prevent PHN in all people. The pain of PHN can sometimes be reduced with other prescription medicines.