Shingles is a skin condition that represents itself as an itchy, throbbing skin rash brought on by the varicella-zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Award-winning, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Reuel Aspacio and his team of Las Vegas, NV certified aestheticians treat shingles, which can appear anywhere on the body. In most instances, shingles appear on the torso or on the side of the face as a line of blisters. While it is more common for older adults to develop shingles, it can also affect teens and young adults. Most patients with a single bout of shingles will not experience the condition recurrently. However, it can return for some. Researchers believe that shingles are caused by a weakened immune system or a disruption within the nervous system. Our skilled and knowledgeable staff is able to efficiently manage shingles and/or a recurrence.
"Love Alice when shes able to help me. They also give samples of barious brands that have been AMAZING on my skin"- A.K. / Google / Oct 19, 2018
"Excellent care and competent staff."- C.C. / Google / Oct 14, 2018
"Can't say enough great things about Trish and Dr. Aspacio! They are a really great team and Trish is seriously hilarious. They see you timely and can get you in quick for aesthetic/cosmetic. Love Trish's honesty about any skin care regimen questions. Her face is immaculate so I would absolutely take her advice and then some! ;). Really great practice, great customer service and a wonderful experience all around!"- S.C. / Yelp / Oct 02, 2018
"Before beginning this review, I took time to read several of the reviews posted. A very mixed bag of issues and emotions. Well, here is why I gave this group of working professionals a "5 STAR" rating. I was referred to Summerlin Dermatology by my so called medical PCP. I had concern about a mole like growth on my back which appeared to be getting larger. I was concerned it could be cancerous. I received a call from Summerlin Dermatology on 9/26/2018 regarding this referral. It seemed they had a cancellation for that day and asked if this was convenient for me. Yep. Sure was. However, I told the young lady on the phone, Daisy, I didn't want to sit there filling out new patient paperwork. She explained their website with the on-line forms was down at the time and offered to email me the forms to complete before I arrived. She was so upbeat and professional. When I arrived for my appointment (with my completed paperwork) I was greeted by, not one, but two front office staffers, Jose and Desiree. They were professional with a smile. Again, upbeat. I signed in and waited about 10-15 minutes before I was taken into the examining room. During my wait time I had the opportunity to chat with each of these individuals. Very professional, yet not "starchy" if you know what I mean. Real people with a job to do the best they can. I met with Dr. Aspacio and his assistant. I felt at ease with both. I told the doctor why I was there. Doctor Aspacio examined the mole growth. Then asked me for my cell phone. He took a picture of this mole on my back. It was not easy for me to see since it was on my back. He showed me the picture and explained that it was typical of getting older. Such moles are common at "our age". I laughed. He even showed me a couple of areas where he has developed similar moles. He made me feel at ease. I was sooo relieved. I have lived in Las Vegas for 43 years. I am 67 years old with Medicare insurance. If you want to experience REALLY BAD medical treatment just wait until you become a senior and on Medicare! I thank heaven that Summerlin Dermatology was an outside referral and NOT part of my primary care network!! I haven't seen my PCP in 2 years! All I see are PAC's or a Nurse Practitioner! Summerlin Dermatology, in my experience/opinion, is only 1 of 3 local medical facilities with whom I would consider professional, to the point and personable. I would recommend them highly!!!"- L.H. / Yelp / Sep 27, 2018
"Very knowledgeable professional and detailed. The staff is very attentive and the doctor was incredibly informative taking the time to make sure I understood the procedure. When the results came in he recommended a plastic surgeon to do the surgery. I really felt very confident in the diagnosis and appreciated everyone's help."- S.S. / Yelp / Sep 20, 2018
Also known as herpes zoster, shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus, varicella zoster. The initial infection of varicella zoster is called chickenpox that is marked by an itchy rash that transforms into blisters on the body, including the scalp. The blisters do go away but the virus remains in the body. With many factors such as age, stress, and/or an immune-compromised state of health, the virus will most likely reappear.
Shingles develop in the same distribution as your sensory nerves. For example, on the arms, the blisters run along the length of the extremity. On the trunk, the sores are arranged on a line from the back to the front without crossing the midline. Shingles are also known for causing chronic nerve pain (post-herpetic neuralgia) after the blisters have healed over.
The symptoms of shingles are usually only noticeable on a small segment of one side of your body. The most common symptoms are tingling, numbness, itching or burning, and/or a red rash that is very sensitive to the touch. These symptoms usually appear a few days after you first begin experiencing pain. Other symptoms include the appearance of fluid-filled blisters that may break open and crust over, fatigue, sensitivity to light, fever, or a headache. You may feel as if they have the flu. Shingles symptoms arrive in stages. You may first feel pain in the area first and then see the visible skin-related indications following.
While there's no cure for shingles, there are several antiviral drugs and pain-relieving medications that can provide relief, clear up symptoms, and decrease the possibility of recurrence. Since great discomfort often accompanies, Dr. Aspacio may prescribe a medical-grade numbing gel. An anesthetic cream (such as capsaicin cream) can be applied to the shingles rash to reduce irritation. In some cases, Dr. Aspacio may prescribe an antidepressant to help you cope with the distress and symptoms, and/or post-herpetic neuralgia caused by previous shingles outbreaks.
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If you suspect shingles, call us immediately for a consultation with Dr. Aspacio. Please call our Las Vegas, NV office today to schedule an appointment for a thorough examination. Our team of highly trained medical professionals will examine your symptoms, provide a proper diagnosis, and get you started with the proper treatment protocol. We also accept patients (who have had shingles for a long time) needing assistance in managing their symptoms. We can help ease your discomfort no matter what stage or phase your shingles are in at Summerlin Dermatology.