One of the most common reasons that patients seek treatment at Dr. Charles Kleinberg’s Manhattan dermatology practice is because they are suffering from the shingles virus. The shingles virus usually presents itself as a painful rash, typically in a single stripe of redness and blisters wrapping around one side of your torso. Some common symptoms that usually come along with shingles include: feelings of pain or burning, numbness, tingling, a red rash developing a few days after the first feelings on pain, the appearance of fluid-filled blisters that eventually burst open leaving a crusting behind, and itchiness. Some other less common but still possible symptoms include: fever, feelings of achiness, chills, headaches, and feelings of fatigue.
The first symptom that Dr. Kleinberg has noticed that his patients feel is the pain. The pain often comes before any visible symptoms. You should set up an appointment at our Manhattan dermatology practice if you are at all suspicious that you have shingles, but especially if you are noticing symptoms near your eye as this can be damaging to your vision, if your immune system is compromised, or if you are over the age of 65.
You may by wondering, where does the shingles virus even come from? You might be surprised to find out that it is actually lying dormant inside you if you had the virus that causes chicken pox as a child. That means if you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk of developing shingles as an adult. The exact reason why shingles reappears later in life, but it does tend to happen in older adults or adults with weaker immune systems, so it may be a result of having a lowered immunity to infections as we age. Fortunately, shingles can be managed and treated. It is impossible to remove the virus from your body, but your symptoms can be relieved using prescription antiviral drugs under the advisement of Dr. Kleinberg.
If you are interested in learning more about your dermatological health and the various related services provided by Dr. Kleinberg at his Manhattan dermatology practice, we invite you to visit our practice’s website. There you can find additional information about these topics and more. If you have any questions or concerns that you feel we can help you with, do not hesitate in contacting us either by phone or online.