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Where on the body does the shingles rash develop?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A shingles rash can develop anywhere on the body. However, the skin blisters caused by shingles are most likely to occur in two places:
  • On one side of the waistline. The blisters form a band that's called a dermatome. 
  • On one side of the face. A shingles rash on the face usually forms around an eye or on the forehead. 
If you develop a rash or blisters anywhere on your body, see a doctor immediately.

The rash associated with shingles usually only forms on a small part of the body. Shingles most commonly develops on one side of the body in a single strip around your torso. It can develop in other places of the body, though, including your face and eyes. Rashes that form in those areas are more likely to cause complications. It's also possible for a person to have shingles without ever getting a rash at all. Talk to your doctor if you have a blister-filled rash that may be caused by shingles.

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