Man with shingles on his arm

Shingles Pictures: How The Shingles Rash Looks

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is an infection of a nerve and the area of skin supplied by the nerve. It is caused by a virus called the varicella-zoster virus. It is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox in the past may develop shingles.

The virus responsible for shingles and chickenpox belongs to a group of viruses called herpesviruses. This group includes the herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores, fever blisters, mononucleosis, genital herpes — a sexually transmitted disease, and Epstein-Barr virus involved in infectious mononucleosis. Like the shingles virus, many other herpesviruses can take refuge in the nervous system after an individual has suffered an initial infection. These viruses may remain latent for years, then travel down nerve cell fibers to cause a renewed infection.

Shingles outbreaks are almost always on just one side of the body and other. Within a few days, a rash appears on the skin area related to the inflamed nerve. Small blisters form and fill with fluid. Later they break open and develop crusty scabs.
If the blisters are scratched, someone with shingles might develop a skin infection. This could require treatment with antibiotics and might cause scars.

Shingles Pictures, Images, & Photos

Below, you’ll find our shingles photo gallery which shows a range of many cases of shingles on people like you and me. As you’ll see, the most common areas affected by shingles include the face, abdomen, and back.

Pictures of Shingles on the Face

Here are some pictures of people with shingles on their face. You can see that if you treat shingles late, the result is lots of severe complications.

Illustration of woman with shingles on her face Man holding back hair to show shingles on his forehead Older man with shingles on his nose and forehead Man with shingles around the mouth Shingles around the eye area Shingles around the mouth area Woman with shingles around her eye Man with shingles on the side of his face Elderly woman with shingles on her face Man with shingles on the side of his face Elderly woman with shingles on her face Woman with shingles on her face

Pictures of Shingles on the Body

Shingles outbreaks are almost always on just one side of the body.

Any part of your body can be affected, although the chest and abdomen (tummy) are the most common areas, clusters of littles blisters in a strip pattern on one side of the body.

Shingles around the shoulder area

Typically, only one side of the body is affected. The rash and blisters that develop with shingles are typically limited to one side of the body

Shingles on the arm and left side of the body

You are at risk of shingles if you have had chickenpox. Shingles is caused by a reactivation of the chickenpox virus (called varicella zoster) in a person’s body.

Pictures of Shingles on the Back and Shoulders

Here are some images of shingles on the back and lower back:

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Man with shingles on shoulderWoman with shingles on her middle back

Man with shingles around the shoulder blade and armpit areaWoman with shingles on middle back

Pictures of Shingles on the Legs and Hands

Shingles may occur on the belly, head, face, neck, or one arm or leg.

Shingles on the arm and left side of the body

Man with shingles on his lower leg Man with shingles above the ankle Man with shingles on the calf muscle Person with shingles on their finger

Shingles in children pictures

Your shingles rash will not trigger an outbreak of shingles in another person, but it can sometimes cause chickenpox in a child.

Baby with shingles

Shingles isn’t very common in kids – it mostly affects older people.

Child with shingles on cheek

Chickenpox during pregnancy could cause birth defects in your unborn child.

Child with shingles on left shoulder

Shingles-related pain is less common in young, healthy people and is rare in children.

Young child with shingles

Pictures of Shingles Blisters

The Shingles rash begins when blisters start appearing on the skin.

Shingles blisters on the back

Red patches on the skin, followed by small blisters, form in most people.

Popped shingles blisters

The cluster of blisters that form with shingles fill with fluid, pop, then start to ooze. Eventually, the affected areas crust over and heal like the rash shown here:

Shingles blisters healed as a rash

Shingles blisters can occur anywhere on the body:

Close-up photo of shingles blisters

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