Shingles is caused by the herpes zoster virus, the same virus that gave us chicken pox, with all those itchy spots all over our bodies. Eczema is a term that embraces many skin problems. Of course, it is also possible it is a very different rash such as the scabies rash , insect bites or hives. One of the first ways of telling if you have shingles or eczema is by looking at the rash and examining the symptoms.
Signs & Symptoms of Internal Shingles
Kristie Jernigan Kristie Jernigan is a health writer with over 17 years of experience as a medical social worker. She has worked mainly with the elderly population and with children. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and early childhood from East Tennessee State University and a Master of Science in health care administration and gerontology from the University of Phoenix. View Full Profile Shingles is a painful condition that usually causes blisters and a rash to form on the skin. However, sometimes shingles can invade the nerves inside the body and cause other symptoms. Some of the signs and symptoms of internal shingles can be severe and cause serious complications that can be life-threatening at times. It occurs when the nerve fibers are damaged from an outbreak of shingles.
Shingles - Symptoms
Shingles can involve the eye. Diagnosis and treatment How do dermatologists diagnose shingles? To diagnose shingles, a dermatologist will look at the skin and ask some questions. If there is any doubt, the dermatologist may scrape a blister to get a sample. This sample will be examined under a microscope.
Sensitivity to touch or light Itching Many people who are affected will experience pain, itching, or tingling at the site of the rash around 1 to 5 days before the shingles outbreak. A rash and pain may not be present during some outbreaks. Complications of shingles Shingles can cause severe complications. Loss of vision caused by shingles in or near the eye Eye infections Nerve problems such as brain swelling, facial paralysis, hearing problems, and problems with balance Skin infections caused by bacteria More rarely, it can lead to pneumonia and death Prolonged pain, referred to as postherpetic neuralgia PHN , can also occur.