What is Shingles?
Shingles is a type of itchy rash that is induced by the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Leading dermatologist Dr Jay Mehta and his team of specialists regularly treat shingles, which can appear anywhere on the body. In the majority of instances, shingles show up on the torso or on the sides of the face, like a cluster of blisters. Although it's more common for the elderly to experience shingles, it can also affect teens and young adults. Most patients with a case of shingles will improve and not deal with the condition again. However, it can return for some patients. Researchers think that shingles is caused by a compromised immune system or a disturbance inside the nervous system. Our skilled and educated team can effectively treat your shingles and decrease the risk of reoccurrence. Reach out to our office in Surprise, AZ, near Phoenix, today.
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What causes shingles?
Anybody who has had chickenpox is at risk of developing shingles because after recovering from chickenpox, the virus can enter the nervous system and lie dormant for several years. A compromised immune system brought on by stress, disease, or general aging can put a patient at risk for developing shingles. It's not entirely apparent what causes the virus to reactivate, but only shingles can develop when this dormant virus reactivates, not chickenpox. There's also a small probability that those with a shingles rash can spread the virus to someone else who's never had chickenpox.
Treatments for shingles
While there is no cure for shingles, there are a number of antiviral medications that can help to provide relief, address symptoms, and reduce the chance of complications. Since shingles can be painful, Dr Mehta can prescribe a numbing agent, such as a cream, skin patch, gel, or spray. A pain-relieving ointment like capsaicin cream can be applied to a shingles rash to help minimize pain. Prescription painkillers can also be prescribed. Sometimes, Dr Mehta may prescribe oral medications to help you handle the pain and symptoms and reduce the possibility of post-herpetic neuralgia (persistent pain in the region after the symptoms have healed).
attain Relief Today
If you've experienced any of the observable or painful symptoms associated with shingles, please call Arizona Skin Institute in Surprise, AZ, near Phoenix, to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive skin exam. Our team of highly trained skin care professionals will assess your symptoms, supply a thorough diagnosis, and help you with the appropriate treatment plan.