Shingles is a viral infection that attacks your nerves, causing a painful skin rash made up of small blisters. It typically wraps around one side of your face or body. If you’ve had chickenpox during your life, the same virus that caused your chickenpox may reactivate, many years later, and emerge as shingles.
Although shingles is more common among older adults, anyone who’s had chickenpox is at risk. You may have shingles if you are experiencing the following symptoms for about two to six weeks:
- Pain: mild or serve pain that may feel like a burning sensation or tingle concentrated on a particular area on one side of your face or body
- Rash: small red bumps that typically wrap around one side of your body (usually the face or torso)
- Blisters: fluid-filled blisters that break and crust over
You may also experience the following shingles-related symptoms:
- Fever and/or chills
- Upset stomach
Why Choose UHealth?
World-class leaders in skin care treatment. University of Miami Health System is recognized throughout South Florida and the world as a leader in caring for conditions and disorders of the skin. Backed by one of the nation’s top universities, our team uses the latest technologies and research-driven expertise to provide superior, personalized treatments for dermatologic conditions.
Compassionate care in an academic medical center. You benefit from the state-of-the-art technology and latest medical advancements developed by our researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. You will receive the most accurate diagnosis and a detailed plan to keep your skin healthy.