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.
You could feel an itch in any of these areas. Typically, you will feel it in one of these places, wherever the rash is.
During Shingles Rash
Like the severity of the rash, the itch that may come with Shingles may be different for each person. And scratching can cause damage to the skin that can lead to bacterial infections and even permanent scarring.
Blisters usually last up to 30 days, but in some cases, Shingles can cause an itch for months or years after the rash has healed.
The itch of Shingles usually comes from the rash blisters, which can be anywhere on the skin.
What you can do:
Scratching the Shingles rash can damage the skin, which can lead to bacterial infections and even permanent scarring. Bathing daily and keeping your fingernails clean and trimmed will help protect your skin. There are also things you can do that may help relieve the itch.
Soothing baths and lotions, such as an oatmeal bath, a
starch bath, or calamine lotion may also help relieve itching and discomfort.
Over-the-counter topical local anesthetics applied to the skin may provide relief to patients suffering from the itch that may occur during or after Shingles.
Antihistamines can also be taken to help reduce itching.