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As a relatively common childhood illness, chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, linking it to a severe rash and/or blisters known as shingles. While the virus can remain dormant for many years and doesn’t manifest in everyone, when it reappears as shingles, the pain varies widely from individual to individual. Medline Plus explains that early signs of shingles might include burning or shooting pain, along with tingling or itching. Some time later (from 1-14 days), an individual may notice the presence of a rash, notably in the form of a stripe around one side of the body or face.

Given the severity of shingles, one may question who is at risk. As mentioned, when someone has had the chickenpox virus, he or she is at risk for getting shingles at some point in their life. This risk increases with age. Moreover, individuals with compromised immune systems are at risk, and this includes those with HIV/AIDS, certain cancers or those taking immunosuppressive medications. Yet, even an individual experiencing high levels of stress is considered at risk, as stress levels affect the immune system.

When it comes to treating shingles, antiviral medications are effective, yet only when administered quickly (within 72 hours after the first burning or tingling sensation). Otherwise, over the counter pain relievers can help combat pain, while topical lotions such as calamine help soothe sensitive, blistered skin. In turn, a cool washcloth or oatmeal bath can relieve severe bouts of itching.

Meanwhile, there are a few things to know. First, shingles itself is not contagious, yet a person can catch chickenpox when exposed to someone with shingles, particularly if the person has not had chickenpox or the vaccine. Second, while there is no known cure for shingles, there are vaccines in place to prevent it or lessen its effects. However, these are mostly recommended for individuals aged 50 and older, and are associated with side effects.

Experiencing Signs and Symptoms of Shingles? Call Kayal Dermatology Today!

As a rule, if you or someone you love is experiencing early symptoms of shingles, call Kayal Dermatology quickly to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of Kayal Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists

141 Lacy Street, Suite 200
Marietta, GA 30060

Phone: (770) 426-7177

FAX: (770) 426-7745


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Based on 183 reviews

Jennifer M.

First time ever at a dermatology office! So I was a little nervous... But they have a very friendly staff and it was nice meeting PA Joel! Felt comfortable and he was informative & made me feel like I wasn’t the only person dealing with my issue. I can’t wait to see some results and get some relief!!

Eve L.

Love this place! Everyone is so caring, and very helpful in each way possible. Highly recommend this place for skin care and even skin cancer!

Detlef K.

I’ve been going here awhile. I’ve got a few pesky issues, some due to my not allowing areas to completely heal, sins that prolongs my already glacier like speed healing! I really appreciate Dr. Kayal and Joel who combine to take of me and my family.

Michael V.

Was greeted upon my arrival, very nice waiting room, was taken back immediately. Very professional, caring and friendly staff. They want to help you. The PA Joel was very knowledgeable and knew exactly how to help me. I was given a prescription to address the problem. Will be back with other issues, keep up the good work.

Lisa W.

PA Brown is very attentive to my son's needs. I have not had any difficulty getting appointments when needed. I think this practice provides excellent service. I definitely recommend Kayal Dermatology for all of your skin needs.

Kevin S.

The nurse was great made me completely comfortable before biopsy’s and Dr Kayak was great explaining what’s going on, recommend very highly

Kayal Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists

141 Lacy Street, Suite 200
Marietta, GA 30060

Phone: (770) 426-7177

Fax: (770) 426-7745


Mon-Fri: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm