According to research, one in three Americans will have shingles in his or her lifetime. It's a painful rash that typically develops on one side of the face or whole body. It consists of blisters that scab over within a few weeks, and the condition fully heals within two to four. Symptoms progress over time, and before the rash even appears, people often notice pain, itching, or tingling in the area where it will emerge. In rare cases, shingles on the face can cause vision loss. This condition is only treatable by a dermatologist, and at Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic, we have three convenient locations for patients near Anderson, SC, Seneca, and Abbeville.
Signs and Symptoms
Shingles require a medical diagnosis because signs and symptoms are often associated with other conditions, like hives, psoriasis, or eczema. When contracting shingles, our Anderson, SC, Seneca, and Abbeville patients can expect to experience oversensitivity or the sensation of pins and needles inside the skin. They may also notice the following:
- Blisters, scabs, ulcers
- Itching and burning
- Facial nerve paralysis
- Fever, headache, chills
What Are My Treatment Options?
Shingles are preventable by vaccine, and treated by your dermatologist should they occur. Several antiviral and anti-inflammatory medications are available for treatment, and the type administered will depend on the severity of the condition. Calamine lotion and colloidal oatmeal baths will soothe rashes, itching, and scratching. You may also find it beneficial to apply ice to reduce pain and discomfort. If blisters arise on the skin, cleanse them daily to decrease your risk of infection.
Anyone who's had chickenpox can contract shingles. If you're experiencing symptoms of this torturous condition, consult with our dermatologist to discuss treatment. For more information about shingles, other conditions we treat, and services provided at Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic, visit our website. For appointment scheduling with our staff, please call (864) 224-7577 for our Anderson, SC, location, (864) 882-7747 for our Seneca office, and 1-800-922-SKIN for our Abbeville location.