Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is a viral infection caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. The symptoms may include burning, itching, or extreme sensitivity for one to three days prior to the outbreak of a red rash and eventually blisters. After the chickenpox clears, the virus stays in the body. If the virus reactivates (wakes up), the result is shingles — a painful, blistering rash. Shingles is most common in older adults. A vaccine, which can prevent shingles, is available to people ages 60 and older. Dermatologists recommend this vaccine for everyone ages 60 and older. Dermatologists strongly recommend treatment for herpes zoster (shingles). Without it, many people get pain, numbness, itching, and tingling that can last for months. It is best to get treatment immediately.
Treatment Options (not limited to):
To decrease swelling and pain, some patients may get corticosteroid pills with their antiviral medicine. This treatment is not common, because it can make the rash spread. Treatments for pain after the rash clears: Certain anti-depressants, pain relievers, anesthetic creams and patches, and anti-seizure medicines can help. However, you should ask one of our dermatologists about possible side effects.
Herpes zoster (shingles) can be very painful and painkillers may be necessary.
Given for intense pain, these injections (shots) contain a numbing anesthetic and sometimes a corticosteroid.