Shingles symptom: Painful blisters
Painful blisters aren’t usually harmless bug bites. “Some people mistake shingles blisters for spider bites, says Tracy Lippard, MD, geriatrician for Kaiser Permanente in Colorado. “Getting care quickly is important, as the medication to treat shingles works best if it’s started within three days of the rash.” (Check out these eight diseases that are written all over your face—literally.)
Shingles symptom: Skin irritation on one side of the body
This is one of the hallmark symptoms of shingles, also called herpes zoster. “Shingles is always on one side of the body,” says Randy Wexler, MD, a family physician at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “It never crosses the midline.” If you find a rash on both sides of your body, use these home remedies for rashes to get relief. (Dermatologists say you should never ever do these 12 things to your skin.)
Shingles symptom: Sensitivity to light
A sudden sensitivity to bright light, whether it’s sunshine or fluorescents, can be a subtle sign that something is amiss. According to Larisa Geskin, MD associate professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center, it may mimic the feeling of a mild migraine coming on.