Shingles (common name for herpes-zoster) develop when the virus that causes chickenpox (varicella-zoster) reactivates after lying dormant within the nerve cells. This type of viral infection starts out with pain or tingling in a limited area, usually on one side of the body or face. It then develops into a rash with small blisters that eventually break, leaving superficial ulcers that dry and form crusts.
Most cases of shingles clear up within two to three weeks without treatment. However, for people over 60, the discomfort of shingles can take many weeks and even months to clear up. It is important to treat your shingles as soon as possible to prevent complications and help speed up your recovery.
Make an appointment with one of our Providers to help manage your shingles.