I don't have an outbreak at the moment, but I have had shingles on a few occasions. It is a viral infection called herpes zoster, and is carried in the system following an outbreak of chickenpox. It can remain dormant forever, or it may erupt during times of great stress. It begins with redness, itchng, and tingling then erupts into a patch of tiny blisters which are incredibly painful. Swelling of adjacent lymph nodes and neuralgia accompany it. Outbreaks last 7-10 days, but nerve sensitivity can last for several weeks. Common areas are on the torso and on the face and scalp with damage to the eyes.