While most common in older adults, if you have ever had chicken pox, you can get shingles, which is also known as herpes zoster. While your chicken pox may have cleared decades before, it is still dormant in your body and it can reactivate, causing a painful rash with blisters. A vaccine, which can prevent shingles, is available to people ages 50 and older and those with a weakened immune system can be particularly at risk.

What Are the Symptoms of Shingles?
While chickenpox is known to cause itching, shingles causes more pain and burning. You may have a skin rash that turns into clear blisters, that then turn yellow or bloody before they scab and heal. These blisters may last up to two to three weeks and it is very uncommon to have these blisters without pain. Some pain may become so intense requiring a prescription. You may also experience flu-like symptoms including a fever and headache.
When to See an Expert
While the shingles rash can clear up after a few weeks, seeing your Radiance Complexions Dermatology team is still recommended. Not only can they make you more comfortable, but without treatment, additional symptoms such as pain and tingling may last for months or years if left untreated. Without treatment, shingles on the face can be particularly serious as it can impact your vision permanently.
If you believe you might have shingles, contact your local Radiant Complexions Dermatology clinic for a consultation. Same day appointments are available.