Shingles (Zoster)

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Shingles is an ailment that may affect you some day so in this week's Neighborhood Health Watch we discuss ways to treat it.

In Chesterfield Dr. Christopher Marshall is treating shingles.

Shingles is a re-activation of the chicken pox virus the person most likely got as a child.

The rash is contagious to others, so frequent hand washing and keeping the area covered with clean dry gauze is a good idea.

Suspected shingles should always be evaluated by a physician as soon as possible since the medication for treating it needs to be started in the first 48-72 hours to be effective.   A vaccine is available and can help suppress future outbreaks.

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