Shingles is a painful rash caused by a viral infection. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you’ve had a bout with chickenpox, the virus lies inactive, and years later, it may reactivate as shingles. Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta provides professional general dermatology treatment for shingles at our medical clinic in Alpharetta.
Shingles is often quickly identified as a strip of blisters that form around one side or the other of the torso. While not at all life-threatening, shingles can be extremely painful, and it can be accompanied by other troublesome symptoms, such as:
- Sensitivity to touch
- Light sensitivity
While commonly located around the torso, shingles can also appear on the neck or face, typically on one side or the other. Shingles near the eye can cause eye damage if left untreated and create other significant complications in patients who are age 60 or above.
Get Relief from Shingles
Two different shingles vaccinations are approved by the US Food & Drug Administration for protection against this viral infection. Dr. Spitzler or Dr. Murad can recommend which one would be the best option for you after considering your current medical condition. Older people and those with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of developing shingles.
Shingles treatment focuses on relieving pain and other symptoms while helping the blisters to heal. Antiviral medications and sometimes antibiotics can help heal outbreaks of shingles blisters. Corticosteroids and prescription pain relievers are also recommended to help comfort the patient during the healing process. Cool baths can also bring relief from pain and itching.
The typical shingles outbreak can last from two to six weeks, even with effective treatment. If you begin experiencing pain and see blisters forming in a strip across your abdomen, contact us at Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta today. Our talented medical team can provide quick and effective shingles treatment to alleviate pain and speed your recovery.