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What is shingles?

Shingles is also known as zoster. Anyone who had chickenpox can get shingles. The virus remains in the body even after the chickenpox clears. The result is shingles if the virus reactivates, a painful, blistering rash.

Older adults are likely to have shingles. People ages 50 and older have available vaccines which can prevent shingles. It is recommended by Dermatologists to have this vaccine for everyone 50 and older.

Anti-viral medicine can make symptoms milder and shorter if you got the zoster. Long-lasting nerve may prevented if you take the medicine. Within the 3 days of appearance of the rash, Anti-viral medicine is the most effective.

To prevent this kind of skin problem see a dermatologists immediately specifically a General Dermatologist, like Dr. Robert Katz at Katz Dermatology.


What are the sign and symptoms of Shingles?

Shingles tends to be less itchy but cause more pain than chickenpox. Pain and a rash on one side of the body some of its symptoms.

  • Early signs: A part of the skin may itch, burn, tingle, or feel very sensitive. Check up or skin screening may be recommended when you are experiencing these symptoms. This commonly happen in a small area on one side of the body. These symptoms can come and go or be constant. Almost all the people who are affected experience this for 1 to 3 days. It can extend much longer for others.
  • Rash: A rash then appears in the same area.
  • Blisters: The rash can turn into groups of clear blisters. Before the blisters crust over an heal, they can turn yellow or bloody. 2 to 3 weeks is the period where the blisters last.
  • Pain: The blisters is commonly associated with pain. Usually, the pain is bad enough for doctors to prescribe painkillers. The pain tends to lessen as the blisters heals. After the blister clears, pain can still be felt and can last for months.
  • Flu-like symptoms: The rash may be associated with headache or fever.

How can shingles be diagnosed?

To diagnose the shingles, physical examination can be perform by a dermatologist like examining the skin and ask the patient some questions.

If there is any suspicion, the dermatologist may scrape a blister to get a sample. The sample will be examined under a microscope. Also, Laboratory test from the blister's fluid may be required by the dermatologist.

Dermatology and Clinical Skin Care in Maryland Katz Dermatology with Dr. Matthew Katz can give you treatment on your Zoster. Dermatologists, however, strongly recommend treatment. Without it, many people get numbness, pain, tingling, and itching that can last for months or even years.


What are the treatments for shingles?

Treating shingles immediately is recommended. Treatments include:

  • Pain relievers: When a doctor diagnose confirms the shingles, a medicine may be prescribed within 72 hours of the rash first appearance. It would be better if the anti-viral treatment is started early. Famciclovir, valacyclovir, and acyclovir are some of the anti-viral medicines. These types of medicine can reduce the pain and duration of the pain lasts.
  • Anti-vital medicines: Prescribe painkillers may be necessary if the pain is very bad.
  • Nerve Block: Numbing anesthetic and sometimes a corticosteroid injections may be given for intense pain.
  • Corticosteroids: Some patients may get corticosteroid pills with anti-viral medicine to reduce swelling and pain. This treatment is rarely given, because it can spread the rash.

After the rash clears, treatments may include: Some medicines like pain relievers, anti-depressants, anesthetic creams and patches can help.

Health problems may result from medicines, Ask your dermatologist about possible side effects. General Dermatologist Dr. Matthew Katz is one of the b dermatologist in maryland.

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