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.
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"I have been a client of Summerlin Dermatology for a number of years now and feel at home every time I walk through the door. Whether it is a facial with Pamela or a cosmetic procedure with Trish and Dr. Aspacio, I never feel uncomfortable. They take the time to explain my options, answer ALL of my questions and provide advice. I look forward to every visit."- D.B. / Yelp / May 05, 2020
"Summerlin Dermatology is hands down the best in Las Vegas for all your skincare and cosmetic needs. Dr. Aspacio has an excellent bedside manner and takes a conservative approach for a natural look. His staff has always been friendly, professional, and knowledgeable in all that they do. I moved out of state two years ago and still fly in once a quarter for all my needs. No one compares to them!"- K.R. / Yelp / May 05, 2020
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"I've been coming to see Dr. Aspacio for over 10 years. I wouldn't dream of going anywhere else. Whether it's for medical or for cosmetic he is the best! The front staff is always welcoming and accommodating. They always make me feel like I'm part of their family. Another huge plus is the office is extremely clean and during this time especially you really notice how clean there office really is. Best Derm in town! Thank you Dr. Aspacio for taking care of me and my skin for the past 10 years!"- R.L. / Yelp / Apr 16, 2020
Shingles Known Causes
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.
Shingles Presenting Symptoms
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.
Shingles Treatment Options
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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Seek Shingles Relief Today
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.