Charlotte dermatologist discusses the painful virus known as shingles and how to prevent it
Charlotte dermatologists have extensive experience working with patients who are suffering from the condition known as shingles. Shingles is caused by the same virus that gives people chickenpox – varicella-zoster. While there is currently a vaccine for chickenpox, we are still living with a generation of people that have not received the chickenpox vaccine, and have instead had the disease in the past. Children usually catch chickenpox from a sibling, or friend, and will typically recover completely from the infection. However, what many people don’t know is that if you’ve had chickenpox, the virus is living inside of your body, dormant in your nervous system. The varicella-zoster virus has the ability to reactivate at any time and leave you with the infection known as shingles. (Shingles is typically seen in the elderly or immunocompromised population.) Charlotte dermatologists have the ability to treat pain caused by shingles, and can offer prevention from this infection in the first place.
What is the infection known as shingles?
Shingles is a painful infection that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The first symptom of shingles involves feeling pain over a band of area either on your back or on your tummy. This pain can range anywhere from being a sharp, stabbing pain, to a dull ache. Two to three days after this pain, a rash will appear and will be red. This rash will eventually turn into a blister that can last for as many as seven days. The blister will scab over and will eventually fade in the coming weeks. Charlotte dermatologists see many patients with the beginning symptoms of shingles, as well as patients with the final skin blisters.
How to treat shingles
Visit your Charlotte NC dermatologist if you believe you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of shingles. Anti-viral tablets may be prescribed by your Charlotte NC dermatologist to control your shingles. Keeping the area cool and wearing clothing that is loose-fitting can also help with the pain. Over-the-counter pain medication and cold compresses can also be used if you are experiencing shingles.
How to prevent shingles
Talk with your primary care physician or Charlotte NC dermatologist about the shingles vaccination. Zostavax is the vaccination against shingles that is recommended for those who are over the age of 60 and who have had chickenpox in the past.
The Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte – shingles specialists
Charlotte dermatologists at the Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte, NC can help you if you believe you are experiencing shingles, or if you would like to discuss the shingles vaccine. If you live in the Charlotte, NC and wish to receive treatment for your pain, or simply are in need of a consultation regarding any other skin issue, make your appointment with our office today.