1440_405-1116_628-768_432

Don't Be Rash When It Comes to Shingles


Posted in: Blogs , English

Shingles is a common infection of the nerves caused by a virus, prompting a painful rash or small blisters on the skin. This condition is common in people with weakened immune systems and those over the age of 50.

What is shingles?

Shingles occurs when the chickenpox virus—which can lie dormant in certain nerves for many years after a person has chickenpox—becomes reactivated. However, unlike chickenpox, shingles doesn’t spread all over your body. These rashes can appear anywhere but typically occur on only one side of the face or body.

Symptoms that may indicate you have shingles include:

  • Skin sensitivity, such as tingling, itching, or pain

  • A small rash with red spots that turn into blisters or scabs

Early symptoms of shingles include:

  • Nausea

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Headache

Each person may experience symptoms differently. Be sure to talk to your primary care physician for a diagnosis.

How is shingles diagnosed?

To diagnose your condition, your doctor will perform a complete physical exam and ask about your medical history. He or she will be able to identify whether the rash is shingles.

How is shingles treated?

Shingles affects people in different ways. Your physician will determine the correct treatment for you. Since there isn’t a cure for this virus, it must run its course, but treatment can be applied to ease the pain.

How can I prevent shingles?

Your risk of the infection increases with age. Doctors recommend everyone 60 and older receive the shingles vaccine every five years. Keep in mind, the vaccine only decreases your risk rather than eliminating it. Even so, studies have shown that vaccinations can reduce the risk of serious complications and pain from shingles.

Need to get vaccinated? Make an appointment with your Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group primary care physician.

 

Sources:

Shingles

Shingles Vaccine Cuts Chronic Pain, Hospitalizations

Vaccine Lessens Pain from Shingles

 

Recent Updates

Recipe: slow cooker butternut squash soup

JAN 13, 2022

Cook up this nutritious and delicious soup that is oh so comforting on a cold winter’s night.

Read More Additional information about Slow cooker butternut squash soup recipe | St. Luke’s Health

Healthy new year tips straight from our physicians

DEC 29, 2022

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group primary care physician shares their take on new year goals and tips to help you set yours.

Read More Additional information about Healthy new year tips straight from our physicians

Hypothyroidism medication interactions you might not know about

DEC 29, 2022

Get the most out of your synthetic thyroid hormone by learning about the mistakes to avoid and some simple tips to help you.

Read More Additional information about Hypothyroidism medication interactions you might not know about

Find a Doctor


Looking for a doctor? Perform a quick search by name or browse by specialty.