The first symptom of shingles occurs several days to a week prior to the rash and includes a burning pain on the skin.
The rash will look like small blisters with a red base. New blisters will form over a course of three to five days. Shingles often occur on one side of the body only.
Once the blisters begin to pop and crust over, healing begins. This phase may last for about two or three weeks.