While the pain might precede the rash, a rash will normally appear within 1-5 days. When this does occur, the rash will appear on either one side of the body, on a specific patch or across the back. You might notice that the rash appears worse in specific clusters, which correspond with nerve pathways beneath the skin.
This rash often looks a lot like chickenpox. However, the main difference is that while chicken pox will appear across the entire body, this rash will only appear in one place.
Note that it is also possible to experience shingles but without a rash. In this case, it is not varicella zoster virus but rather zoster sine herpete. This is uncommon and it is much harder to diagnose. Most of the other symptoms are the same and fortunately, this version of the condition is much rarer.