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What are the symptoms of shingles in women?

Updated July 19, 2017

Shingles is a painful condition involving blistering rashes. Also known as herpes zoster, shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus which also causes chickenpox. The symptoms of shingles in women are the same for others with shingles.

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Burning, tingling pain on one side is usually the first symptom of shingles. The pain and burning can be severe.


Rashes, or red patches, may show up on your skin, then small blisters which break and form small ulcers. The rash typically goes from the spine to the front of the stomach or chest.


When shingles affect the nerves in your face your symptoms may include pain, rash and muscle weakness in the face.


Symptoms of shingles affecting the eyes include vision problems, drooping eyelids and a loss of eye motion.

Other symptoms

Other symptoms of shingles in women include fever, chills, headache, hearing loss, problems with your sense of taste, swollen lymph nodes and genital lesions.

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Serena Brown

Serena Brown graduated from the University of South Alabama with a bachelor's degree in communication. She has more than 15 years of experience in newspaper, radio and television reporting. Brown has also authored educational, medical and fitness material.

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