Shingles (otherwise known as Herpes Zoster) is a painful, blistering rash caused by the chickenpox (varicella) virus, which affects only a limited area of skin, and makes you feel surprisingly tired, run down, and even depressed.
- You may feel slightly unwell, and develop a localised area of pain and tenderness a few days or sometimes up to two weeks before the rash appears.
- The rash starts off as red spots, which quickly turn into blisters. They always affect only one side of the body (left or right) and never cross the midline.
- It is usually a very painful rash, and typically people can't bear clothes touching the affected area.