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Shingles are a type of viral infection that results in a painful rash. Shingles is the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. The exact cause of shingles is not known. However, it is believed to be triggered by a weakened immune system, stress, and certain medical conditions such as cancer and HIV. People with weak immune systems are at a higher risk of developing shingles.

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It is estimated that 1 in 3 people will develop shingles in their lifetime. The impact of shingles increases with age, with the highest rates occurring in people over 60. The rash and associated symptoms can cause pain and extreme discomfort. The specialists at Monarch Pain Management have the tools needed to help relieve pain due to shingles. 

Symptoms of Shingles

For people who have had the varicella-zoster virus (chickenpox), the virus lies dormant in the nerve cells near the spinal cord and brain. Shingles is the reactivation of the virus which manifests in a painful rash. While shingles is not contagious, individuals who have never had chickenpox are at risk of getting shingles if they come into direct contact with the fluid from the chickenpox blisters.

Common symptoms include:

  • Severe pain, itching, or tingling in a specific area on one side of the body, followed by a rash that develops into fluid-filled blisters. Pain can be debilitating and may persist even after the rash clears up.
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

Treating Shingles

Prevention of shingles includes vaccination, maintaining a healthy immune system through proper diet, exercise, and stress management, and avoiding people with active shingles. Treatment focuses on managing your pain, which can include:

Relief From Shingles Pain

At Monarch Pain Management, we understand the pain and discomfort that shingles can cause. Our team of experts is focused on providing you with the most advanced and effective treatment options to help manage your pain and get you on the road to recovery. 

Book an appointment today or call 714-793-9260 to reclaim your life with less pain.

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