Treatment for Shingles
If you’ve had chicken pox, the varicella zoster virus that caused it lays dormant in your body’s nerve tissues and can reactivate, usually due to stress, advancing age, or a weakened immune system. According to the National Institutes of Health, roughly 20 percent of those who have had chicken pox will develop shingles at some point. It often starts with mild flu-like symptoms, followed by itching or burning in an area that develops a rash that may eventually blister a few days later. While many cases clear up on their own, it’s always worth visiting our office to get checked out. We can prescribe anti-viral medication, ideally taken at the first sign of a rash, to shorten the illness and help prevent severe complications like changes in your vision or hearing, and severe pain. If your discomfort worsens, a prescription nerve-block medication can help control it.