Shingles is a viral infection that can cause a painful rash. Shingles outbreaks are most common in people over the age of 50, but anyone who has had chickenpox can get shingles. This is because the chickenpox virus, also known as the varicella zoster virus, can stay in your body and reactivate years later. This reactivation can happen and cause shingles. Dr. Andrew R. Altman and his team at Plantation Dermatology in Plantation, FL can educate patients on shingles and learn about possible triggers, risks, and ways to protect yourself when possible.
What should I do if I think I have shingles?
If you think you have shingles, see your doctor right away. Early treatment can help reduce the severity of your symptoms. There is no cure for shingles, but medications can help relieve pain and shorten the length of the outbreak. Most people who get shingles will recover completely within a few weeks, but some people may develop long-term complications, such as pain, numbness, or vision problems.
What are signs and symptoms of shingles?
The most common symptoms of shingles are a painful rash and blisters on one side of the body. The rash may be itchy or tingly, and may last for several weeks. Other symptoms can include fever, headache, chills, and body aches.
How can I protect myself from shingles?
There are steps you can take to protect yourself from getting shingles, including getting vaccinated. The shingles vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 60 and to anyone who has had chickenpox in the past. Patients who have not had chickenpox will want to avoid contact with anyone who does to reduce their risk of dealing with shingles in the future.
Is there a cure for shingles?
There is no cure for shingles, but there are treatments that can help lessen the symptoms. Some of the treatment options include:
- Medications to relieve pain
- Medications to shorten the length of the outbreak
- Pain relief therapies
- Numbness relief therapies
- Vision problems treatment
How do I learn more about shingles and shingles outbreaks?
The team at Plantation Dermatology is here to help! Call the office at (954) 577-5161 and schedule an appointment with our team at 137 NW 100th Avenue. We are open to new and returning patients, and can educate you on shingles and other skin concerns that may arise during one’s lifetime!