Shingles location

Close-up of shingles rash and where shingles usually appears: top half of the head, neck and shoulders, and the belly or back area

The shingles rash can appear anywhere on the body but will only be on one side of the body, the left or right. It will be in a band, a strip, or a small area. Before the rash occurs, there is usually itching, tingling, or pain in that area. The rash turns into blisters after several days.

Current as ofJuly 30, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Christine Hahn, MD - Infectious Disease, Epidemiology
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine

Is it an emergency?

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