The first sign of shingles
is usually a tingling feeling, itchiness, or stabbing pain
on the skin. After a few days, a rash
appears as a band or patch of raised dots on the side of the trunk or face. The rash
develops into small, fluid-filled blisters which begin to dry out and crust over with
in several days. When the rash
is at its peak, symptoms can range from mild itching to extreme and intense pain
. Shingles being a viral illness will take its own time to settle down.