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What are thesymptoms?

The severity of the symptoms of shingles can range from mild to severe and can be very unpleasant for some.

Shingles is characterised by a painful rash, usually affecting one side of the body, most often on the upper body, but shingles can also develop on the head and neck, or the eye.

Shingles usually starts with a headache, fever, and tiredness, and you are likely to feel unwell. It’s very common to feel a tingling or burning pain in the area of the skin where the rash later appears. In a small proportion of people this pain may become quite severe.

Within a few days or weeks, a rash will develop over the area of pain, which will turn into fluid-filled blisters. A few days after appearing, the blisters dry out and scabs form where the blisters have been. It usually takes 2-4 weeks for the rash to heal completely.

Most people recover, but some go on to develop chronic nerve pain called post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). The risk of developing PHN increases as someone gets older. In some people, shingles can also affect the eye (known as ophthalmic shingles), which in a small number of people can lead to long term damage to the eye if the condition is not treated quickly.

Reporting of side effects. If you get any side effects with any medicines, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the medicines package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme atwww.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcardor by searching for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of medicines.
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