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If you have ever had chickenpox or been vaccinated for it you’re at risk for getting shingles, it is a painful blistering rash, the chickenpox virus stays in the body even after chickenpox clears…. if the virus reactivates or wakes up you will get shingles, although shingles is much less contagious and itchy than chickenpox, it tends to cause more pain. Shingles most often appear on the back,chest and stomach but they can also occur on the face and head or the legs.

Common signs and symptoms of shingles include an area of skin that burns,itches, tingles or feels very sensitive, this usually occurs in a small area on one side of the body and lasts one to three days…. a rash that begins as red spots and quickly turns into groups of clear painful blisters, these may turn yellow or bloody before they scab over and heal flu-like symptoms. A fever or headache may occur with the rash pain sometimes, the pain is bad enough for a doctor to prescribe medication, the blisters tend to last two to three weeks once they heal the pain tends to lessen although the rash from shingles clears in a few weeks. Some people with shingles can experience pain, numbness, itching and tingling that can last months or even years, if you suspect you have shingles see a board-certified dermatologists. Immediately a dermatologist may prescribe antiviral medicine when used within 72 hours of the rash appearing, the medication may lessen the pain and the amount of time the pain lasts.

To help relieve the pain and ease discomfort at home, follow these dermatologist tips for treating shingles;

cool the rash with ice packs,

cool wet cloths or cool baths,

gently apply calamine lotion to the blisters,

do not pick, scratch or pop the blisters as blisters help your skin heal,

cover the rash with loose nonstick sterile bandages,

wear loose cotton clothing to cover your affected body parts.

If you are unsure whether your rash is shingle, maybe you have shingles on your face or you are experiencing a lot of pain see a board-certified dermatologist immediately. If you are over age 50, getting the shingles vaccine may also prevent or lessen the severity of the shingles even though shingles is much less contagious than chickenpox. Person with shingles can still spread the virus so if you have shingles avoid contact with anyone who has not had chickenpox or has not been vaccinated.

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