In their lifetime, 1 out of 3 people in the United States will develop herpes zoster, more commonly known as shingles. As we age, our risk of contracting shingles only increases.
At Mt. Lebanon Dermatology Associates, we know how painful, uncomfortable, and sometimes dangerous a case of shingles can become. With our patient-first approach, we can develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs, helping you to recover as quickly and completely as possible.
If you’re ready to find relief, request an appointment with us today!
Shingles, known medically as herpes zoster, is a rash that appears on one side of the face or body and includes painful blisters. A case of shingles that affects the face can potentially cause vision loss. The pain associated with shingles is its most commonly known symptom, as it is known to be extreme.
It’s important to be aware of the early signs of shingles, as the earlier the condition is treated, the shorter the infection will be. Several days before a rash is visible, you may feel pain, numbness, tingling or burning in the area that will eventually be affected. You may also be itchy or sensitive to touch.
Although the risk of contracting shingles increases as we age, anyone who has ever had chickenpox - including children - can have shingles. Chickenpox and shingles are not the same condition, but they do result from the same virus, Shingles is essentially a reactivation of the chickenpox virus, which stays in the body even after recovery.
The team at Mt. Lebanon Dermatology Associates knows that the quicker you act on a shingles infection, the less prolonged this painful condition will be. It’s important to visit our dermatology experts as soon as you begin experiencing symptoms. We can then develop a treatment plan that works for you, including antiviral medicine that will shorten the virus and topical lotions that can help you find short-term relief from the rash.