Some people with shingles may feel quite ill at first, almost as though they are suffering from the flu. Most of the time before a rash is visible, the patient may observe several days of burning pain and sensitive skin.
The first signs of shingles, on the first to fourth day, are headache, upset stomach, fever, chills, and fatigue, similar to coming down with a cold or flu.
By the third to fourth day, a red rash will erupt on the skin. This will be painful and sometimes itchy. This could occur on the face, torso, back, and hips, or even the neck, arms, and legs.
Around the fifth day, that rash turns into what is the unmistakable shingles: groups of tiny, clear blister on a red base. The nerve carries pain to the affected area, varying from a dull ache, to intense, shooting spasms. At this point, a physician can usually make a correct diagnosis. Have a look at some shingles pictures.
In short, symptoms of shingles are:
ii) Pain, burning, numbness or tingling
iv) Fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over
v) A red rash that begins a few days after the pain
vi) Upset stomach