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.

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Shingles Blisters Around the Ear

Shingles around the ear can lead to serious complications. This is a severe case.

During Shingles Rash

Blisters Around The Ear


When Shingles blisters appear in or around the ear, complications can also occur, like hearing loss or a rare disorder called
Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, in which facial nerves become paralyzed. Ramsay Hunt Syndrome can cause hearing and balance problems, as well as weakness in the muscles on the affected side of the face.

If you have Shingles in or around your ear, you should see a health care professional as soon as possible.


Blisters usually last up to 30 days, but Shingles in this area may lead to serious complications that can last longer than the rash.


In or around the ear.

What you can do:

See a health care professional as soon as possible.