Shown is a magnified, colorized view of varicella-zoster viruses.
Pain, itching, tingling, burning -- these are all symptoms of shingles that may occur before the outbreak of the rash. It starts as small blisters on a red base, with new blisters continuing to form for three to five days. It typically appears on one side of the body or face. Other symptoms may include fever, chills, fatigue, and headache. If you think you have shingles, see a doctor as soon as possible.