Symptoms of Shingles in the Elderly

Shingles is a type of viral infection. It causes one to develop a painful rash all over their body or in certain areas of the body. Most of the time it looks like stripes of blisters wrapping around the torso, but it can show up in other places, too. It is caused by the virus known as varicella-zoster. That is the exact virus that causes chickenpox. This condition isn’t fatal, however, it can be extremely tough to deal with. The pain from it can be excruciating. Knowing more about the symptoms of this condition can help people to identify it early. If you are a family caregiver, keep an eye out for these symptoms on your loved one.

Tingling, Numbness, Burning, and Pain

Many people who get shingles will experience a range of symptoms. Many will experience tingling, numbness, burning, and pain. This can be quite excruciating and even more painful upon touch.

Red Rash

The famous red rash is known with shingles, too. When it comes to senior care, you should always keep an eye out for this specific rash. It generally will wrap around one’s torso to the right or left side.

Fluid-Filled Blisters

When getting shingles, the person will get fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over. These become very painful, even worse so, when they break open. They will probably become very itchy, as well.

Sensitivity to Touch

Sensitivity to touch is one of the most common symptoms associated with shingles. If you are a family caregiver and your loved one is sensitive to touch and they also have a rash, it could be shingles. You should get them checked out right away.

Fever and Headaches

Not everyone does, but some people do, get fevers and headaches when they have shingles. Their temperature can actually go up quite a bit. If this is the case, a doctor’s appointment or ER visit should occur right away.


Fatigue is another common symptom of shingles. For many who suffer from shingles, the pain and excruciating sensitivity wear them right down. The fatigue itself can become extremely overwhelming.


When someone has shingles, another common symptom is itching. The rash and blisters that come along with shingles can be very itchy. There are some medications the doctor might prescribe to help combat the itchiness.

Pain is often the first symptom that arises with this condition. For certain people, the pain can be excruciating. Depending on where the pain might be, sometimes it can be mistaken for other issues, such as problems with the kidneys, lungs, or heart.

In some instances, people will have pain and never get the rash. However, in most cases, the rash will develop. It will more than likely develop as a strip of blisters. This strip will usually wrap around the torso. In some patients, the rash will show up on the face or neck, as well.


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About Zack Demopoulos

Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.

Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
centered on providing top-notch care to those needing it most. ComForcare is committed to providing caregiving, resources and education to families in Northern Essex and Southern Passaic counties.