More information about shingles has been released to the general public in recent years. The condition involves an extremely painful rash of blisters. At Downtown Dermatology, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham is uniquely qualified to provide effective shingles treatments to those living in the Columbus and Upper Arlington area.
The extremely painful rash of blisters associated with shingles is caused by a viral infection of the skin. In most cases, the rash appears on the torso but can develop anywhere on the face and body. The virus responsible for shingles is varicella-zoster, the same virus that causes chicken pox. If you have had chickenpox, you are a carrier of the varicella-zoster virus, which is why you are at risk for developing shingles. The skin condition is not life-threatening, but most people are unable to withstand the pain of the rash. You may develop shingles if you:
The varicella-zoster virus is also known as herpes zoster and is a member of the herpes family that is related to cold sores and genital herpes. You can transmit the virus to people who have not had chickenpox. In addition to the pain of the blistered rash, other complications can develop as a result of shingles, such as:
Shingles most often develops on the torso and wraps around the body, but the rash may affect the face and any other part of the body. Dr. Hicks-Graham takes into consideration the location of the rash when recommending treatments.
Treatment for shingles is intended to manage the symptoms and expedite the healing of the rash. You will always be a carrier of the varicella-zoster virus associated with shingles. Common symptoms of shingles are:
Before your consultation with Dr. Hicks-Graham, please prepare the following information:
Shingles cannot be cured, so the goal of treatment with Dr. Hicks-Graham is to alleviate the symptoms while eliminating the rash. She may prescribe:
Treatment typically takes two to six weeks. Most people only experience one outbreak of shingles, but it is possible to have multiple outbreaks over your lifetime.
Treatment for shingles is covered under medical insurance. Our patient coordinator will help you determine your co-payment, deductible and co-insurance amount. Payment can be made by cash, check or major credit card. Financing is also available through CareCredit®.
Although shingles may resolve on its own, you should seek medication attention from board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham to alleviate the symptoms and avoid complications. She will also explain how to prevent spreading the varicella-zoster virus to others.
If you have an extremely painful rash with blisters, you may have shingles. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hicks-Graham to learn about your treatment options.If you have had chickenpox during your lifetime, you are at risk for developing shingles. At Downtown Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham is highly qualified in the management of shingles for those living in the Columbus and Upper Arlington area.