Shingles Symptoms in Men

Updated April 17, 2017

Shingles is a blistery rash that wraps around the body from the spine to the breast bone. Occasionally, shingles spreads to the scalp, face or neck. The condition causes extreme pain, but until the first blister appears it can be hard to determine that shingles is the cause.

Internal Symptoms

Mistaking shingles for the flu isn't unusual. It can cause stomach upset, abdominal pain and headache. These can also be accompanied by fever and chills.

The Path of the Virus

Shingles has an unusual pattern on the skin. It follows the path of a certain nerve that travels from the spine, wraps around the side and terminates at the breast bone.

Before the Rash

Burning, tingling and numbness can occur before the rash appears on the skin. A red rash appears a few days later.

The Rash

The shingles rash starts as small red spots that fill with fluid. They eventually burst, leaving a crusty scab.


Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. If chickenpox isn't killed off completely, the virus can lay dormant in the nervous system for years before re-emerging.


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About the Author

Heather Mark is a writer and traveler living in Central Florida. Her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "International Travel News," "Pregnancy Magazine," "The Orlando Sentinel" and "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution." Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts in visual and media arts from Emerson College.