Signs Symptoms of Adult Chicken Pox : Shingles or Herpes Zoster

Did you have Chicken Pox when you were a child?

If you did, then you are at risk for experiences the debillitating and painful adult version, Shingles.

Shingles generally begins as a band on the left or right torso but can form anywhere on the body. It begins as a burning pain that may last for several days before a rash of blisters appear.

Symptom include but are not limited to:

  • Pain and a burning sensation
  • A red rash 
  • Blisters similar to Chicken Pox blisters
  • Intense Itch
  • Fever and chills
  • Malaise
  • Headache
  • Lethargy
  • 1 in 3 Americans that had Chicken Pox will get Shingles. Shingles is caused by the Herpes Zoster virus (not a sexually transmitted disease).

    Shingles if often characterizedb y a blistery and painful rash, but even without a rash, symptoms of burning pain can be experienced.

    The rash of Shingles follows the nerve path that is affected by the virus causing a “ray-like” pattern. More than one nerve may be affected and the rash my be in more than one place. The rash begins as blisters that eventually burst and crust over. The rash can last for about a month from the first blister.

    Pictures of shingles (herpes zoster) on the faceWhat does shingles look like?

    Shingles is contagious in that it can be spread as the Chicken Pox to anyone that has not already had Chicken Pox or anyone that has not been vaccinated against Chicken Pox.

    If the rash appears near/around the eyes seek immediate care as this can result in permanent vision loss.

    Shingles can be prevented with a vaccine, if you or someone you love is over 50 and had chicken Pox as a child, ask your doctor about a vaccine.


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    1. Very good article. Keep up the good work

    2. Nice share my friend.. I like it :) thanks

    3. Thanks, I didn’t know about the vaccine.

    4. Thanks

    5. I’m glad that I didn’t had chicken pox during my child hood. Thanks for the information though I could help my friends.

    6. Wonderful article and I can speak with experience I had shingles The line started in the center of my forehead and then covered my right eye and left cheek. I can honestly say I can.t remember a worse pain. Even today when I get a bit nervous or get cold my forehead starts to itch
      Many Thanks for the article
      Kind Regards

    7. Goose bumps!!! I don’t want to have any of those!!! Very nice article and thanks for the share. Short but full of information.

    8. very nice info……. thanks for the great information

    9. Very good article.

    10. The vaccine is excellent and one people need to take or get…

    11. Thankx dear

    12. very good warning, I had shingles and it is nasty, I sometimes get recurrences

    13. Unfortunately a thoughtless woman who knew her son had a small red rash, bough him to the Nursery anyway when my adult son was a child. He knows that years from now he will need a vaccine to prevent shingles and even though I didn’t have it, I will get one as well, much sooner of course. I kept my son away from my elderly mother and the population when he had it, bathed him in oatmeal, kept him comfortable and he has no scars. Great article. Some folks don’t know how shingles occurs.

    14. Very good. MY mom got the vaccine a few months ago.

    15. Both this condition and treatment is very controversial. Was thinking about writing an article on the subject myself just last night. Nice breakdown

    16. Very useful information, thanks for sharing. A warning that older adults need to ask their doctor for this vaccine.

    17. I’ve heard that it can be quite painful.

    18. It is the first time I read about it. Thanks.:-)

    19. Great stuff. Well-researched indeed.

    20. This is some excellent work.

    21. Informative and well written, Thanks!

    22. Great share, thank you for this important article.

    23. greatt

    24. I was vaccinated for shingles when I turned 65. Excellent article.

    25. Useful article

    26. My daughter had chicken pox at 10 months – not fun. Great article

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