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Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful blistering rash that can occur in anyone who has had chickenpox. The majority of cases occur in people 50 and older. After chickenpox clears, the virus that causes chickenpox (Herpes Zoster Virus) stays dormant in the body, residing in the nerves. If the virus wakes up, it usually does so in one nerve, thus causing pain and blisters in the distribution of that nerve.

Did you know…
that a vaccine, which can prevent shingles, is available to people ages 50 and older? Dermatologists recommend this vaccine for everyone 50 and older.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the symptoms of shingles?

Shingles usually begins with a warning sign of localized itching, burning, or pain in a small area on one side of the body or face. Within a few days, the area will turn red and develop blisters. The pain can worsen and can be accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Without treatment, shingles can last up to 3-4 weeks. The burning or pain from shingles can last even longer. Early diagnosis by a dermatologist and early initiation of treatment can decrease the length of the rash and pain.

Am I at risk for shingles?

Shingles can occur in anyone who has had chickenpox. More than half of the cases affect patients 50 years or older. Recently however, there is an increasing rate of infection in younger adults. Reactivation of the chickenpox virus is generally attributed to a temporary weakness in the immune system such as in patients who are older, under high levels of stress, or recently ill. Patients who have chronically compromised immune systems such as cancer patients, organ-transplant patients, or patients with HIV/AIDS are also at higher risk.

What can I do if I have shingles?

Shingles is contagious. If a person who has never had chickenpox comes into contact with the blisters of shingles, that person can develop chickenpox. It is important to protect newborns and those with a weak immune system. If you suspect you have shingles, you should visit a dermatologist as soon as possible. Without treatment, the pain, numbness, itching, and tingling that occurs can last for months or years. The earlier the treatment is initiated the better. Treatment involves anti-viral medications and topical or oral medications for nerve pain.

If you suspect you have shingles or are experiencing symptoms of shingles, don’t hesitate to contact Elite Dermatology and Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation with our experienced healthcare providers. We are dedicated to providing compassionate care and effective treatment options to help you manage shingles and achieve optimal recovery.

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At Elite Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional dermatological care to the Greater Houston community. With a team of dedicated physicians, including dermatologists, dermatopathologists, Mohs surgeons, and plastic surgeons, we offer comprehensive services to address a wide range of skin conditions and concerns.

Founded on the principles of compassion, innovation, and expertise, we are committed to delivering personalized care tailored to each patient's unique needs. Our team of board-certified physicians brings together a wealth of experience and specialization in various aspects of dermatology, ensuring that our patients receive the highest standard of care possible.