If you are suffering from a painful rash that looks like a band or strip of blisters on one side of your body and wraps around the other, or even on your neck, nose or forehead, you may be suffering from shingles. Dr. Steve Musick, and his team of highly skilled dermatology professionals are here to help you.
WHAT IS SHINGLES?
Shingles, caused by the varicella zoster virus comes from the same virus that causes chicken pox. After you have recovered from chickenpox, the virus remains dormant in your spinal cord until it gets its second punch and reappears with itching and pain.
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster usually occurs in older adults (over 50 years of age). According to the Center for Disease Control, almost 1 out of every 3 people in the U.S. will develop shingles in their lifetime. There are over 1,000,000 known cases of shingles each year in the U.S. Even after you have recovered from shingles, you may still experience sensitivity of the skin.
SYMPTOMS OF SHINGLES
Painful itching bumps around the torso
Localized skin rashes with tingling or localized pain
Localized itching several days prior to the actual outbreak
PRECAUTIONS OF SHINGLES
Shingles is contagious and is harmful to the developing fetus in pregnancy. There is also a vaccine available. Dr. Musick will be more than happy to explain the possibilities of receiving this vaccine.
DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT FOR SHINGLES
Dr. Steve Musick can immediately diagnose your condition for shingles and prescribe a medication to assist in the reduction of your discomfort. This may include an anti-viral medication such as acyclovir, famcyclovir, or valacyclovir.
To prevent further spreading of shingles, you MUST avoid contact with other people while the lesions are in the blistering phase. According to the Center for Disease Control, shingles is not infectious before the blister appears nor once the rash has developed crusts.
Dr. Steve Musick is a Board-Certified Dermatologist by The American Board of Dermatology and treats all types of skin conditions in the Swansea, IL and St. Louis metropolitan area. There are numerous treatments that Dr. Musick and his team can perform, and it is best to make an appointment for proper evaluation of any skin condition.
To make an appointment, call Musick Dermatology in Swansea, IL today at 618-628-2588. We accept most health insurance programs.