What is Shingles?

Shingles is a viral infection known as the varicella zoster virus and is often distinguished by a painful rash on the skin with blisters on a specific side of the body and is often in the form of a stripe.  Initially, the varicella zoster virus causes chickenpox in children and young adults.  Occasionally, adults will contract chickenpox as well.  After the chickenpox illness clears up the virus stays in the body and lies dormant for several years. It is unknown how the virus remains dormant and re-activates as the body ages.

Symptoms –

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Itching
  • Tingling
  • Aching
  • Agonizing pain
  • Fatigue

Treatment –

Antiviral medicines and pain medicine will be prescribed for treatment of shingles.  Beginning a treatment plan with an antiviral medication will help you heal faster and be in less pain.  It’s important!   If you think you may have shingles, please see a doctor right away!

Dr. Jennifer Ackerman, Dr. Michael Ackerman, and Dr. Robert Lin with Dominion Internal Medicine are now accepting new patients!  Most insurances accepted including CareFirst!

Please call (540) 878-5408 to schedule an appointment or simply for more information.

Compassionate Care for a Healthy Heart, Body, and Mind

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