What is the signs and symptoms of the preeruptive phase of herpes zoster (shingles)?

Updated: Jan 25, 2019
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The preeruptive phase is characterized by unusual skin sensations or pain within the affected dermatome that heralds the onset of lesions by 48-72 hours. During this time, patients may also experience other symptoms, such as malaise, myalgia, headache, photophobia, and, uncommonly, fever. Trigeminal herpes zoster and Ramsay Hunt syndrome were described in an elderly man with a prodromal toothache. [19]


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