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Understanding Shingles

Dermatology Services Elmhurst, IL

There are many conditions that can impact the skin and body. One condition that can be painful, embarrassing, and difficult to manage is that of shingles. Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is actually a reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox in the past may develop this condition. While it is unknown what reactivates the virus, it can be extremely bothersome to patients. The condition causes a painful rash with blisters and ulcers. Other symptoms may include scabs, redness, oversensitivity, and a burning sensation that can be difficult to address. These issues often occur on the trunk of the body.

How is shingles diagnosed?

In most cases, shingles can be easily diagnosed with a physical evaluation of the condition and the existing symptoms. Our team will then educate patients on what to expect with shingles and can provide effective treatment options.

What treatment options are recommended for patients with shingles?

In most cases, patients can address shingles with the use of antiviral drugs, anti-inflammatory medications, and analgesic for comfort. The condition can take some time to clear, and some patients experience continued discomfort and nerve sensitivity after it has healed. This is known as postherpetic neuralgia and can take time to subside.

How can I avoid shingles?

Research still has not allowed us to determine what causes the chickenpox virus to reactivate and become shingles. However, shingles vaccines are available to those who have had chickenpox in the past and want to protect themselves from experiencing the condition in the future. Chickenpox vaccines are also available for those who have never been exposed and have reached adulthood.

Resolve shingles today

If you have been diagnosed with shingles, or suspect that you have it, it is important to work with a doctor who can offer solutions for your condition. At Allure Skin and Laser Clinic in Elmhurst, IL, we can provide treatment and resolve the issue as fast as possible to find relief! Call Dr. Rodney H. Berger today at (630) 818-SKIN and visit at 105 South York Street in Suite #240. We are committed to offering solutions for you and your health, and provide the diagnosis and treatment of shingles and other common skin concerns.

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