3. Appearance of a rash

Pain signals the onset of shingles and the appearance of a chickenpox type of rash confirms this diagnosis. The skin blisters and it starts to itch. Both the presence of these blisters and the itch may bring back memories of a childhood chickenpox infection. This blistering stage could spread over a week, but afterward, the blisters dry out and flatten into chickenpox-like marks. Finally, scabs form over these marks. When the scabs come off It is possible the skin underneath is left scarred and discolored.

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