Herpes zoster, known as shingles, is a disease that occurs as a result of the reoccurance of a childhood chickenpox virus that had remained dormant in the body. It usually shows up in a small location of the body, usually only on one side. The rash forms a row which follows the path of a nerve. It can occur on different parts of the body and sometimes on the face.
There are some early symptoms that can occur before the outbreak of a shingles rash on the face. This includes flu-like symptoms such as an upset stomach, fatigue, fever, chills and a headache. If you have these symptoms and start to feel tingling sensations and a rash, see the doctor.
Shingles can cause significant pain and is more serious than its childhood version of chickenpox. It starts as a tingling sensation and can turn into long term pain. Shingles affecting the face and the trigeminal nerve can cause pain even after the sores have healed.
The corneas of the eye can be affected by shingles. When this happens, it is called zoster keratitis. This is a very dangerous situation because the infection can cause scarring and blindness. If you notice any tingling rash on your face, you should immediately see the doctor.
When the shingles' rash first starts to appear on the face, they will look like red bumps with swollen skin surrounding. Eventually they start to blister over and eventually will dry up. It won't necessarily be painful at first, as much of the time the pain doesn't begin until the rash is fully developed and starts healing.
Another telltale symptom of shingles is a red band on one side of the face that starts as a tingling sensation. The sensation then turns to pain and a stabbing sensation, as the virus travels along the nerve path and to the surface of the skin.