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Shingles Treatment in Seattle, WA

Shingles Treatment in Seattle, WA

I was very pleased to have their office accommodate me since I was a new patient and got to see the doctor that week once I had my referral. Staff is awesome. Dr. Wu gave me the correct cream to heal my eczema and within two days my skin was back to normal. I would recommend this office to anyone who has skin issues. – JULIE B. M.

Shingles is a serious infection that requires attention as soon as possible. At North Sound Dermatology, we specialize in a variety of shingles treatments. We offer such treatments for patients in Seattle, Everett, and the surrounding areas.

What is Shingles?

Shingles is a viral infections caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same one that causes chickenpox. It is characterized by groups of painful blisters that typically appear around the torso, but can also affect other parts of the body. Other symptoms include itchiness, redness, fevers, or nausea. If not treated, it can lead to postherpetic neuralgia, a painful condition that affects the nerves and skin. Severe, long-term infections can damage the organs and vital bodily functions.

How is Shingles Treated?

Vaccines are offered to reduce the risk of a shingles outbreak. Additionally, once an outbreak has begun, there are a range of options for shortening the outbreak and alleviating discomfort in the meantime. This may include antiviral medicine or over-the-counter medications to reduce the severity of the outbreak. Topical antibiotics can also help prevent blisters from becoming infected. Shingles can be combated most effectively when medication is started immediately after an outbreak occurs.

Is Shingles Contagious?

It is possible to spread shingles to others just like any other virus. Those with weakened immune systems will be more susceptible to the virus. It is recommended to limit contact with others until a few days after starting antiviral medications, when you will be less contagious.

If you have shingles or are concerned about a possible outbreak, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We provide care to patients in Seattle, Everett, and the surrounding areas. We also invite you to learn more about our insurance policy.