Shingles is a common infection of the nerves caused by a virus, prompting a painful rash or small blisters on the skin. This condition is common in people with weakened immune systems and those over the age of 50.
What is shingles?
Shingles occurs when the chickenpox virus—which can lie dormant in certain nerves for many years after a person has chickenpox—becomes reactivated. However, unlike chickenpox, shingles doesn’t spread all over your body. These rashes can appear anywhere but typically occur on only one side of the face or body.
Symptoms that may indicate you have shingles include:
Skin sensitivity, such as tingling, itching, or pain
A small rash with red spots that turn into blisters or scabs