What does shingles feel like? It can be anything from mildly annoying to extremely painful. Shingles is the result of a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), and the virus often remains in the nerves and other tissues of the body. When shingles hits, it typically stays in one area of the body for several days. But there are risk factors for this disease that will cause it to spread.
Shingles has many different names, but in medical circles they all mean the same thing: a painful rash around the face, eyes, or ears. Basically, the lower surface of your skin, such as the soles of your feet, where shingles most commonly appear, feels like hot, cold, or even burning water. You know what you feel like when you take a strong burn or icecold water off of cold or frozen water? The same feeling comes with shingles.
While some people get shingles only once, others get them repeatedly. The symptoms come and go in cycles that last anywhere from several weeks to months – in some cases, the pain can never really go away. Because the virus stays in the nerves and other tissues, the pain from shingles can occur anywhere on your body, including the genitals, thighs, buttocks, and even the face and neck.
While many people think the symptoms of a shingles outbreak are going to be limited to the skin, that’s not always true. In fact, the pain can extend all the way into your back and even into your fingers and toes! To get an idea of what it’s like to suffer from shingles, it’s best to imagine the symptoms as being like that of being burned, only that your body isn’t actually on fire. If you’ve ever felt that way, you’ll understand what I mean.
While most people only have a mild rash as a symptom of developing shingles, other people develop the severe kind. In fact, these blisters can become so big that they can cover an entire mattress! The blisters themselves can be painful and sometimes look like raw eggshell, causing someone to complain of “not a very nice itch.” In addition to the uncomfortable itching, the rash can also become irritated and inflamed, which causes the nerves in the area to become severely pinched.
So, how can one tell if they have developed a shingles rash? The most common way is to notice the shape of the skin surrounding the area. If it’s jagged and rough looking, then chances are you’ve developed one. A classic sign of this condition is when the area feels hot and tender. Another symptom is a red rash that may be raised and may appear to be inflamed. Some people also experience pain along the spine or in the back.
If you were exposed to a high dose of cannabis, chances are you might develop these symptoms. Marijuana is often used by teenagers and young adults alike, and its presence in the body comes from the same chemical mechanism as many other pain relievers such as aspirin and ibuprofen. When someone uses marijuana, the endorphins are released in the body. This is one of the reasons why people feel a feeling of euphoria after using it, as the receptors in the brain that detect pain are affected. In fact, those who use cannabis on a regular basis often report that the intensity of their mood swings are reduced after indulging.
The last of the shingles symptoms we’ll discuss is the appearance of rashes. These rashes are often large, appearing on the torso, face, and neck, and may also be accompanied by pain and swelling of the skin. Again, the symptoms will lessen with time, but will still persist for several weeks after the last use of cannabis. It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean you must give up cannabis if you’re experiencing any or all of these symptoms. However, you should always consult a physician before doing so, and learn as much as you can about your particular condition to make sure there isn’t another underlying disorder causing your shingles to return.