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Shingles symptom: painful blisters
Shingles symptom: painful blisters
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It can sometimes be difficult to figure out why you might have painful blisters on your body. You might think a painful rash is due to an allergy, or maybe even bug bites. But painful blisters can sometimes be a sign of shingles, a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus (the same virus that causes chicken pox) that can be extraordinarily painful. “Some people mistake shingles blisters for spider bites, says geriatrician Dr Tracy Lippard. “Getting care quickly is important, as the medication to treat shingles works best if it’s started within three days of the rash.”

Shingles can be nasty and dangerous. Read on to learn more about treatment options.

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