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Do dermatologists treat shingles?

Do dermatologists treat shingles?

Yes, many doctors do: Shingles is well within the domain of the dermatologist - but also treated by most family doctors and internists. Sometimes people go to urgent care clinics because symptoms can be quite severe. An er visit will cost you way too much - particularly for a problem that can easily be treated in the office. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Please tell me, could a dermatologist treat shingles?

Please tell me, could a dermatologist treat shingles?

Yes: Yes a dermatologist can but any general doctor can prescribe you medicine for the shingles. Once it is resolved you should get the varicella vaccine to decrease the risk of it returning. ...Read more

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Does a dermatologist treat shingles, or should I see my family doctor?

Does a dermatologist treat shingles, or should I see my family doctor?

Family doctor: While your family doctor is more than qualified to treat shingles as mentioned in an earlier post, it is important to note that if you develop shingles that involve the eye you may want to request to be seen by an opthalmologist as well. One recent study published in 2010 actually found those who had ocular (eye) shingles had a 4 fold increase risk of having a stroke in the future. ...Read more

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Dermatologist or doctor for shingles?

General doctor: An internist or general doctor can treat you for shingles. Medicine is given to help with pain and make rash disappear sooner. Once shingles has resolves you should get the varicella vaccination to decrease risk of it returning. ...Read more

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I had a dermatologist tell me he didn't think it was shingles cause my body was not completely covered.Could he be right?

Nope--you misunderst: Shingles almost always follows one single nerve. If your body is completely covered you either have chicken pox or your immune system is so shot you're in the icu. ...Read more

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My mom is 92. She recently has a rash in her back. It looks like shingle. What she needs to do if she is not able to see the dermatologist .?

My mom is 92. She recently has a rash in her back. It looks like shingle. What she needs to do if she is not able to see the dermatologist .?

See her primary: Shingles is something that family medicine and internal medicine doctors see often and are comfortable treating. If you can't get in to see your primary, i'd have her taken to an extended hours or urgent care clinic. If shingles is treated with medicine early on in it's course (<72 hours), then that helps to prevent complications and lingering pain from the virus. ...Read more

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I'm in my 20's only.I am having hairfall since last 6 months.I consulted dermatologist once, but it didn't work.What should I do ?

I'm in my 20's only.I am having hairfall since last 6 months.I consulted dermatologist once, but it didn't work.What should I do ?

Alopecia?: There is a condition called alopecia which causes the hair to fall out. This is different from male pattern baldness which is genetic and not a disorder. A dermatologist can tell you if you have alopecia (an autoimmune disorder) and treat it. Get a second opinion from a different dermatologist. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I used antibioticslike daivine, microbacton prescrip dermatologist butstill my acne did not get reduced i consulted so many dr s how to getpimplesreduc?

Accutane: Accutane is a form of vitamin a. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and helps your skin renew itself more quickly. Accutane is used to treat severe nodular acne. It is usually given after other acne medicines or antibiotics have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms. ...Read more

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What to expect at a dermatologist appointment?

Depends on problem: Derms are experts on skin, hair, nails and all of their associated conditions. If you're worried about skin cancer you should ask for a full body skin exam where you are checked from head to foot, looking for any suspicious lesions. If there is a suspicious lesion then a biopsy may be recommended. Describe the problem, give history, have an exam, recommendations will be made. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more