Men and women who experienced chickenpox as a child have been exposed to the Herpes zoster virus, which can cause Shingles in adults. At Dermatology Consultants of South Florida, our dedicated team of dermatologists can identify, diagnose and treat this common condition and help you maintain the health and beauty of your skin.
Serving Coral Springs and surrounding areas in Florida, Dermatology Consultants of South Florida is led by our experienced dermatological team, who provide top-tier care for a wide range of skin conditions, including Herpes zoster. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out your treatment options for Shingles and Herpes zoster.
What is Herpes Zoster?
Caused by the chickenpox virus that most people are introduced to as children, Herpes zoster is a nerve infection that continues residing inside of the body after the initial introduction. In adults, this virus can manifest as Shingles, a rash that can have multiple symptoms such as:
- Stinging, burning, or pain
- Red patches that develop into blisters
- Blisters that are either small or large
What Causes Shingles to Develop?
Although the Herpes zoster virus is most often introduced to the body during childhood chickenpox, it typically lies dormant in the body. Studies are ongoing as to what can reactivate the virus, but it can happen to both men and women at any age. It is typically a short-term condition, but seeking professional medical treatment can help manage the manifestation and symptoms associated with this condition.
Is Herpes Zoster Contagious?
Although adults who have already caught chickenpox cannot be reinfected by Herpes zoster, it is often advised to avoid contact until your rashes heal in order to avoid spreading the infection to vulnerable individuals, including:
- Infants and children who have not yet had chickenpox
- Adults who have not had chickenpox
- Persons whose resistance is weaker due to illnesses or certain medications
How is Herpes Zoster Treated?
This viral infection is completely treatable, and at Dermatology Consultants of South Florida, we have multiple treatment options to help manage your symptoms and clear your skin. Although Shingles may leave some slight scarring behind, we will choose treatment methods that are gentle and effective for the skin to help the healing process.
The best way to determine which treatments will yield the best results for you is to schedule a consultation with our medical team.
Contact Dermatology Consultants of South Florida today to schedule a consultation with our medical team and find out more information about the diagnosis and treatment of Herpes zoster and Shingles.