If you have ever known anyone who has had Shingles, you know how much discomfort goes along with it. Shingles, the common name for Herpes Zoster, is a viral infection caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Individuals who have had chicken pox are at risk for developing Shingles. While it is unclear what exactly causes this dormant virus in our nerve cells to wake up, it is believed that trauma, stress, and weakened immune systems play a huge role.
Most commonly, symptoms of Shingles include burning, itching, and sensitivity, usually to one side of the body. Blisters may appear, usually on the trunk and buttocks, but can occur on all areas of the body. These blisters may ooze and are generally painful enough to warrant a doctor to prescribe pain medicine to individuals with Shingles.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact a dermatologist who will evaluate you and prescribe you with the correct combination of pain medicine and perhaps anti-viral and cortisones to keep you comfortable until the virus goes away. Dr. Sharon Meyer is an experienced dermatologist who can evaluate the blisters and pain along with other symptoms to help you get well fast. Call Uptown Dermatology for an appointment today. We look forward to seeing you!