The rash usually occurs on either side of the body, in a line along a nerve pathway. The rash starts as a tingling feeling in the area but then becomes a cluster of small pinkish-red spots which often blister. The rash can be quite painful. Rashes from shingles can last at least 2–4 weeks, however the nerve pain can last for a couple of months.
For most people, the pain linked with the rash decreases as it heals. Other common symptoms of shingles can include a headache, fever, upset stomach and chills. In rare cases severe complexities can occur including pneumonia, hearing problems, brain inflammation, blindness and even death.
You cannot contract shingles from another person; however, a person who has never had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine could get chickenpox from a person suffering with shingles.
The shingles vaccination has been proven as the most effective method to reduce the risk of developing shingles. The shingles vaccination, available in Kent, can also decrease the complications like long-term pain caused by shingles. There is currently two shingles vaccinations available, Zostavax and Shingrix.
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