Shingles Specialist

Glendale Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Glendale, CA

When patients from the Greater Los Angeles area suffer from shingles, the dermatologists at Glendale Dermatology offer treatment to relieve the painful and itchy rash from their office located in Glendale, California.

Shingles Q & A

Glendale Dermatology

What Is Shingles?

Shingles is a painful skin rash, caused by a reactivation of the chickenpox virus. The rash usually appears in a band or strip on one side of the face or body. Shingles is more common in middle-aged and older adults and those who have weak immune systems due to stress, injury, illness, certain medicines, or other reasons. A shingles outbreak occurs when the chickenpox virus starts up again in the body. When you have chickenpox as a child, the virus remains dormant in your body, held in check by the antibodies your body developed while fighting the virus. However, sometimes, when the immune system is compromised, the virus can wake up again.

What Are the Symptoms of Shingles?

Shingles is characterized by flu-like symptoms and an itchy, painful, and red rash. The rash turns into clusters of blisters, like chicken pox. Over a period of 2-4 weeks, the blisters fill with fluid, then crust over and heal. The virus typically affects adults more severely than childhood chicken pox and as an adult, you may have greater concerns about the appearance of the rash and blisters, especially if the rash forms on your face, neck, or other frequently visible part of your body.

How Is Shingles Treated?

The providers at Glendale Dermatology suggest coming in for treatment as soon as you begin to experience the symptoms of shingles. As with most conditions, shingles is more easily and effectively treated in its earliest stages. The provider may be able to prescribe an antiviral medicine to help your body fight the virus. The provider may also give medicine to reduce the pain and relieve any itching. When used within 72 hours of the rash appearing, these medications can make symptoms more mild and bearable. In addition to prescriptions, the dermatologists may prescribe topical creams or ointments to protect your skin from scarring while helping to relieve the itch.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Glendale Dermatology, we accept PPO plans of the following insurances. We do not accept any EPO plans, HMO, or Covered California plans at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience. We gladly accommodate patients without insurance who wish to pay out of pocket with discounted prices.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Cross
Blue Shield
Cigna
Health Net
Medicare
Tricare
UMR
United Healthcare