Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the same virus that causes
chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles. Early
symptoms may include numbness, burning, itching and tingling. This is
followed by a red rash that usually starts as a single line of small
bumps, which then blister. Shingles usually affects adults older than
50. There is a shingles vaccine available that may help prevent the
disease or reduce the severity if you do get it. Talk with your
pharmacist or health care provider regarding your need for the vaccine.