Shingles (herpes zoster) is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox (varicella), and anyone that has had chickenpox as a child is at risk for developing shingles in adulthood. Vaccination can minimize your risk of developing shingles. Check with your doctor to see if a shingles vaccine is appropriate for you; even if you’ve had the Zostavax vaccine.
Shingles usually manifests as a prickling or tingling sensation followed by a rash in the same area on the skin and can be sensitive or painful to the touch. The rash changes to fluid-filled blisters that will crust over and itch. Anyone with open shingles blisters should avoid contact with pregnant women, newborns and people who have a compromised immune system. Some people may also experience fatigue, sensitivity to light, fever, and headache.
When to see your doctor:
- If your rash is widespread and painful.
- If your rash occurs near your eyes since it can lead to permanent eye damage.
- If your rash occurs near your ears since it can lead to permanent hearing damage.
- If you’re 60 years or older because age can increase your risk of complications.
Please call any one of our clinics for questions or to make an appointment:
Afton Clinic: 307-885-5852 and Afton Urgent Care: 307-885-5700
Thayne Clinic: 307-883-5852
Alpine Clinic: 307-654-5852 and Alpine Urgent Care: 307-654-5700