Pictures of Shingles Rash on the Back, Abdomen, Face

Shingles is a viral infection caused by the Varicella Zoster Virus, which attacks the nerve ending of the body, resulting in localized skin rash and irritation in the areas adjoining the infected nerve endings (read more about shingles in my previous post on what is shingles). The shingles’ virus spreads along one or more nerve segments and affects the corresponding dermatome. Back and abdomen happen to be the most common sites of Shingles rash.

The Back is the most common site for Herpes Zoster. Source:

Back or Trunk: This is the most common location for the Shingles rash and may affect only the side of the back or at times extend all the way up to the chest. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, these rashes occur in a narrow segment of skin starting from the spine and spread towards the front of the abdomen.

Shingles of Abdomen can at times get complicated and involve vital organs like liver and intestines. Source:

Abdomen: This is the second most common site of Shingles rash. Herpes zoster of abdomen usually begins in form of weak abdominal pain and nausea, which many times, makes it seem to be a case of appendicitis. However, the appearance of the tell tale rash is enough to confirm the condition as Shingles. Shingles of abdomen can at times get complicated with vital organs like liver and gall bladder getting infected.

Herpes Zoster rash can many times appear in other body areas including the face. Source:

Other parts of Body: Though, not as common, the Herpes virus can infect several other parts of the body, including face (where in the ears and/or eyes my get involved), genetalia, limbs etc. of these herpes of the genital organs is supposed to be most contagious; whereas, the infection of face involving either ears or eyes can lead to several complications including loss of eye sight, hearing, or vertigo.

For further information on various signs and symptoms of shingles do refer to my other blogs on the subject. Clinical Trials of existing and new treatments are underway for treating Shingles. Here are a few clinical trials for shingles that you may want to consider participating in. Clinical Trials may offer you the treatment and care at no cost.

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4 thoughts on “Pictures of Shingles Rash on the Back, Abdomen, Face

  1. I am a CVOR RN & my husband is a physician and we BOTH HAVE SHINGLES. The clinical presentation & areas affected differ; I have the propensity for “outbreaks” on my face (forehead, chin, nasal labial regions. His presents on his arms, lower legs & lumbar region. I have done a GREAT DEAL OF RESEARCH, on my own & in conjunction with my husband. I have attempted several Tx, including pharmaceutical, over the counter, & “natural” measures. I have FINALLY been able to achieve some success however it has been a very long & painful road. If you are interested in this disease process and/or any research which pertains to it, I would be grateful for any information you or your colleagues may have. I obviously would be happy to share the information I have & the measures which I have found that have been successful (and not successful)

    • Hello Alena! Thanks for the post. My name is Kim and I edit this blog. I had shingles as well! I’ve only had it once, so far, but all the worked for me was resting, taking L-Lysine and I eventually had to take Oxyconton pills for the pain. It was the sickest I had ever been in my life but I was back on my feet in a week.

      We’d LOVE to hear what worked for you! I’ll email you to see if you’d like to contribute to CureTalk as a gust blogger!


    • Hi Alena
      I have a friend who tells me she has had shingles for 10 weeks-she describes “rope” like lesions and things that look like growths. also hard lumps that look like they have blood in them. If in one week she is no better they will do a biopsy. Does the sound like a type of shingles? Does not seem very classic. If you have any information about something that sounds like this she would be grateful. thanks Rayda Bouma RN

  2. Hello! I am wondering if it is possible to get shingles on the outside edge of the palm of a hand. I think I may be getting them. I was working with a shovel and a rake one day. The next day I had a red spot with a little pain and I thought I had a splinter. That night I had another little spot and I thought I had 2 splinters side by side. Today there are a few more little bumps. They are painful to the touch and there is redness. However, it is on the palm side and they seem to be deep. They are not blistering at the surface. Instead they seem to be under the slightly calloused top skin layer. Any idea what it could be. I only thought of shingles today because of the stinging and redness. Also, there is a little tenderness int he lymph area under the arm Maybe that is due to fighting the virus? The area so far is no bigger than a nickle size area and it has been 3 days. I appreciate any insight or suggestions. Thanks, Leslie

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