Shingles, also known as herpes zoster is common on adults and seniors who have had chickenpox in their early years. Important thing to remember is that on the first appearance of the symptoms within the 72 hours “window of opportunity”, you should have it treated immediately to reduce the severity and duration of this disease.
The rash usually heals from two to four weeks. More than that, then you need to ask for a second opinion or have yourself checked for immune related problems that might be causing delay in the healing process.
The first time my mom had shingles, her dermatologist misdiagnosed her and just gave ordinary ointments/medicines for her rash and blisters. So it took a while before they healed after consulting another doctor just because she missed the 72 hours window before taking antiviral drugs etc. to treat shingles.
The pain (postherpetic neuralgia) on the other hand lasted even after the rash disappeared, it took a month before the pain went away. But for some people this may take three months.
As I was doing my research, it seems that there is one common symptom to look out for… a rash of blisters; my mom is no exemption.
Sadly, there are other symptoms together with the rash. Below are what I have found, not all are expected to be present on someone who has shingles. My mom only had a few of them the first time she had it; she felt weak or had low energy, backache and of course the itchiness of the rash. And then INTENSE pain even after the shingles are gone.
Herpes Zoster (shingles) Symptoms
- Itchy Red Rash
- Muscle Aches (backache)
- Weakness (low energy)
- Nasal Discharge
- Loss of Appetite
- Difficulty in urinating
- Abdominal Pain
- Eye Irritations
- Throat Irritation
- Impaired Breathing