Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Shingles is a painful condition that affects about one-third of the adult American population every year and the numbers are rising. Anyone who has had chicken pox is at risk for developing shingles later in life.* At Dermatologic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery our doctors can provide the shingles vaccine, which reduces the chances that you will develop shingles, and can also diagnose shingles and help patients manage shingles symptoms once they are diagnosed.

While shingles is very unlikely to be life-threatening, it can be incredibly painful and debilitating. Shingles usually appears as a rash, sometimes with blisters, in a thick stripe on your torso or back and almost always only occurs on one side of your body. Shingles outbreaks can be preceded by and accompanied by intense pain at and under the infection site, as well as burning sensations on the skin itself.

Early detection is the key to keeping shingles attacks as minimal as possible. While shingles cannot be cured, it can be treated and the length of the infection can be shortened, if it is caught early. Any time you discover a rash or blisters on your torso or back and there isn’t an obvious reason (like chafing clothes) for the rash, you should see a board-certified dermatologist as soon as possible.

Complications from shingles can be very serious so any potential case of shingles must be attended to immediately.

*People who have received the chicken pox vaccine are less likely to develop shingles later in life.

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