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Frequent fever symptoms can indicate shingles – see warning signs

Shingles is the adult form of chickenpox, and infections can be just as painful and debilitating as they were in childhood. There are five common early warning signs that can be a good indicator of reinfection.

Shingles can flare up at any point in your life
Shingles can flare up at any point in your life

Shingles is an adult form of chickenpox that can be painful and debilitating for sufferers, with rashes and even paralysis being a common side effect. But it can also be easy to miss the early warning signs.

Rather than being a new infection, chickenpox (varicella zoster virus) lies dormant in the human nervous system until it is activated again later in life. Like common smallpox, adults often only experience one attack of shingles in their lifetime.

One in three adults suffers from shingles, which usually affects one part of the body and causes rashes, skin sores, and fluid-filled blisters. Before the virus reaches that point, however, there are some key early indicators of infection.

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The sooner shingles is discovered by a doctor, the sooner it can be treated. Although there are no effective cures, antiviral drugs are often used to reduce the duration and severity of an infection.

Early shingles can allow you to get your life back on track and avoid debilitating rashes and even blindness, which can last for five weeks.

What are the early symptoms of shingles?







Shingles is the adult form of chickenpox, and infections can be just as painful and debilitating as they were in childhood
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  • Burning or stabbing pain
  • tingling of the skin
  • itching of the skin
  • deaf skin
  • chills

Many adults will overlook or ignore these common fever- or flu-like sensations for another, less serious illness.

Along with these early symptoms, headache and nausea can also be a common precursor to full infection.

If a severe reaction to the varicella-zoster virus goes undetected, it can result in encephalitis, encephalitis, and total or partial paralysis of the face.

If blisters develop on your face, see your doctor right away as it can cause permanent eye damage and even blindness.

The NHS advises shingles sufferers to avoid pregnant women, young children and those with compromised immune systems for fear of passing the virus that causes chickenpox to them.

In fact, if any sores or rashes start to ooze, it’s advisable that you stay home from your school or workplace – as that’s when you’re most contagious.

If you are over 70, you can also be treated with a special shingles vaccine to prevent a potentially fatal infection.

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