Shingles

If you suspect that you have shingles, seek treatment immediately.  The earlier treatment is started, the better. Call 1-866-865-2020 for an appointment with Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Paul Stevenson. 

What is Shingles?

Just like you’ve heard again and again on those TV commercials…..Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chicken pox. This virus remains dormant for years, then becomes active again in the form of shingles. Anyone who had chicken pox is at risk for developing it. In fact, one in three people over age 60 will get shingles. That’s over a million US citizens.

What are the Symptoms?

Often shingles will start with a ‘feeling’…. a subtle burning, swelling, itching or tingling on only one side of the body. It is hard to diagnose at that point, but once the rash of fluid filled blisters appear, usually with increased pain, it is easy to confirm the condition. Shingles can be anyplace on the body but the most common area is the torso around the waist, and the second most common is the face and eyes. Often, with facial shingles, it will start with a small blister on the tip of the nose.

Shingles and Eyes

Yes, it often occurs in the eye. In fact, the eye is the second most common place that we see it. And when it is in the eye, there is a risk of vision loss. That is why it is so important to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you think you might be getting shingles. If you think that it may be in or near the eye, please call toll-free 1-866-865-2020 to make an appointment with one of our eye physicians.

Who is at Risk?

Age is one of the biggest risk factors for it. Other factors are stress, illnesses and some medications. Also, being female can increase your risk.

The Shingles Vaccine

This vaccine ‘may’ prevent shingles, but even if it doesn’t, studies show that people that have had the vaccine have had reduced symptoms as well as a reduction in the length of the outbreak.

If you think you might be having a shingles outbreak, call immediately toll-free 1-877-816-DERM(3376) for an appointment with Dr. Stevenson.