Shingles is a skin condition that presents itself as an itchy, sensitive skin rash. It develops due to the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Board-certified dermatologist Rachel Day, M.D. in Chambersburg, PA regularly treats shingles, which may show up anywhere on your body. In the majority of cases, the shingles rash appears on the chest or on the sides of the face, like a group of blisters. Although it's most common for the elderly to experience shingles, it can also affect teenagers and young adults. Most individuals that have a case of shingles will recover without issue and never deal with the illness again, but it may return for some patients. Scientists think that shingles are brought on by a compromised immune system or a disturbance in the nervous system. Dr. Day at OneSkin Dermatology can treat your shingles and reduce the likelihood of reoccurrence.
"I was so nervous and self conscious about going to the dermatologist for the first time and both Dr. Day and her staff were amazing! Dr. Day was super kind and easy going and professional which made the visit a wonderful experience. I love how thorough she is and how she takes time to explain information to you to make sure you understand. Highly recommend her for your dermatologic needs!"- H.R. / Google / Jun 26, 2020
"i AM 72 YEARS OLD AND HAVE MELASMA. THIS IS A DARKENING OF THE SKIN ON MY FACE. I WAS STARTING TO LOOK LIKE A RACCOON. i COULD NOT WEAR MAKE-UP BECAUSE MY FACE WAS 2 DIFFERENT COLORS AND NOTHING WAS ABLE TO COVER UP THE DARKENED SPOTS. I WENT TO ONE SKIN DERMATOLOGY AND IN A MATTER OF 2-3 WEEKS MOST OF MY FACE WAS THE SAME COLOR. I WENT TO MY NIECE'S WEDDING AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 5 YEARS I WAS ABLE TO WEAR MAKEUP. I CANNOT BEGIN TO TELL YOU WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT HAS MADE FOR ME. I FELT SO SELF CONSCIOUS OF MY FACE AND THEREFORE DID NOT GO VERY MANY PLACES NOR INTERACT WITH MANY PEOPLE. THIS IS NO LONGER THE CASE! THANK YOU VERY MUCH DR. RACHAEL DAY AND ONESKIN DERMATOLOGY."- S.S. / Google / Sep 24, 2021
"My daughter was a new patient starting in January of this year who had a really bad issue with acne. When we went in for the first time they insured us that they were going to help her and guaranteed that by April and May she would be cleared up. And they kept their word! Her skin looks fabulous and we are extremely thrilled at the service we have in doored from this office! We would recommend to everyone!!"- V.S. / Google / Sep 22, 2021
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Anybody who has had chickenpox can develop shingles. After healing from chickenpox, the virus can make its way to the nervous system and lie dormant for many years. A compromised immune system brought on by stress, illness, or general aging can place an individual at a higher risk for shingles. It is not completely evident what causes the chickenpox virus to reactivate as shingles, but it's true that only shingles will result from this reactivation — not a reoccurrence of chickenpox. There is a very small probability that those with a shingles rash may spread the virus to individuals who have never had chickenpox.
The signs of shingles are often only observable in a small area on one side of the body. Usually, symptoms are tingling, itching, burning, and pain. A reddish rash generally appears a couple of days after the onset of pain. Other symptoms include discomfort with physical contact and pus-filled blisters that can burst and scab over. Non-skin centered symptoms can include sensitivity to light, fever, headache, and fatigue. Some individuals might feel as though they have the flu. People with shingles typically discover their symptoms occur in phases with itching and pain coming first and observable symptoms following.
While there is no complete cure for the condition, there are a variety of antiviral medications that can offer relief, address symptoms, and minimize the chance of complications. As shingles is usually extremely uncomfortable, Dr. Day can prescribe a topical numbing medication in the form of a cream, skin patch, gel, or spray. A pain-relieving ointment, like capsaicin, can be placed on the shingles rash to minimize pain. Prescription painkillers may also be prescribed. If needed, Dr. Day can recommend medications to help you handle the symptoms of shingles and reduce the chance of post-herpetic neuralgia (chronic pain in the region after the symptoms have healed).
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If you are in the Chambersburg, PA area and are experiencing observable or painful symptoms of shingles, please contact OneSkin Dermatology now to schedule an appointment. Dr. Day will document your symptoms, supply a diagnosis, and help get you a treatment plan.