Preparing for Your Shingles Appointment

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection that may affect a side of the body. The condition will manifest through pain and tingling; there may also be a skin rash on the affected side. The condition is caused by the varicella zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox. Typically, patients affected by shingles have already had chickenpox and the virus is reactivated. If you suspect you may have shingles, you will have to prepare to see a doctor.

Preparation

If you experience any symptoms that may point to shingles such as pain, a tingling sensation that persists for several days, or a skin rash or blisters on one side of your body, you should seek medical advice.

Prior to seeing a doctor, you will have to monitor your symptoms. Make a note about when you started noticing these symptoms. If you have noticed the rash, see if it has evolved into blisters or scabs. You should also be prepared to answer questions about your past diseases. The doctor will most certainly ask you whether you’ve had chickenpox.

Let the doctor know about any meds or supplements you are taking. You may take the pill bottles with you. Your doctor will examine you and prescribe treatment, if needed.

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