It’s possible to have a mild case of shingles and only experience slight tingling or itching with no painful blistering. People under the age of 50 with healthy immune systems tend to have milder symptoms.
Shingles, also called
In this article, we explore what a mild case of shingles looks and feels like, as well as how long it lasts and how best to treat it.
A mild case of shingles can mean that you’re experiencing a shingles outbreak without a painful rash or fluid-filled blisters. Although mild cases may have a rash, typically, there are fewer lesions, less redness, and it’s not as painful.
Mild symptoms can include a tingling sensation on your skin or moderate itching that’s usually located on the stomach or torso. It can usually be relieved with over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications or soothing lotions.
Can you get shingles if you’ve had a shingles vaccine?
Although the shingles vaccine (Shingrix) helps to lower the risk of shingles in
Most cases of shingles last
Mild cases can last 2 weeks until fully resolved. A mild rash starts as small red patches and rapidly develops into fluid-filled blisters called vesicles. The vesicles — which may be itchy or painful — often rupture and then dry into scabs.
If your symptoms are not causing a great deal of pain or discomfort and can be eased with OTC medications (like Tylenol or Advil), consulting with a doctor may not be necessary.
But it’s important to make sure the symptoms do not worsen or that a rash appears near your face that could become serious.
How to treat a mild case of shingles at home
In addition to taking OTC pain medications, you can treat mild symptoms of shingles with home remedies to relieve itchiness like:
Wearing loose clothing with natural fibers can help to avoid irritating your skin. Eating foods high in vitamins A, B12, C, and E can help strengthen the immune system.
Can an initially mild case of shingles turn into a more severe case?
It’s possible for mild symptoms of shingles to develop into more severe symptoms. For example, a mild rash may spread, and painful, fluid-filled blisters may develop. People over the age of 60 with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of this happening.
There’s no cure for shingles, but there are treatment options. Antiviral medications may be prescribed for mild cases of shingles for people
- weakened immune systems
- illnesses like HIV that weaken the immune system
- a rash that spreads to areas beyond the stomach or torso
It’s possible to have a mild case of shingles and experience only
People under the age of 50 with healthy immune systems tend to experience milder symptoms of shingles. Although there’s no cure for shingles, there are
The vaccination helps to lower the risk of shingles in the