Shingles are the result of infection by the herpes zoster virus. It is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus, which the patient has contracted previously and treated.
Shingles causes a similar outbreak to chicken pox, however in most cases in most cases it is more severe and painful. The infection will spread rapidly and cover large parts of the body, becoming inflamed, red and sore.
A person with shingles must have to have previously contracted the chickenpox virus earlier in life. It often occurs in people that are experiencing a lowered immune system, are suffering from another illness or injury or are over 50.
Your Doctor will diagnose from a skin examination, and take a small sample of skin from part of the blistered area for further analysis if required to make a complete diagnosis.
Left untreated, shingles will eventually heal themselves, however it is recommended to seek some relief from the painful symptoms. Anti-viral medication and pain relievers may be necessary in extreme cases as the symptoms can be very uncomfortable, particularly when wearing clothing or sleeping.
The price of shingles treatment varies for each person depending on the extent of treatment necessary. Booth Dermatology & Cosmetic Care Center of Indianapolis and Carmel accepts CareCredit® financing options that work with every budget! Please speak to our concierge team for more information.
Dr. Sally A. Booth and her staff will be happy to discuss the details with you. Please feel free to call for a private consultation at one of our offices in Carmel or Indianapolis. Dr. Booth and his staff at Booth Dermatology & Cosmetic Care Center provide personalized care to residents of Indianapolis and Carmel with state-of-the-art technology for optimal health, aesthetics, and patient satisfaction. To receive more information or schedule a consultation, call (317) 848-2427 to speak with our friendly staff.