What is Shingles?

Shingles is a painful rash localized to one side of the body. It is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays in their body and can reactivate as shingles.

Shingles isn’t contagious, but people may get chickenpox from someone with shingles if they’ve never contracted the virus or had the vaccine. The viral infection isn’t life-threatening but can be very painful. Symptoms include burning, tingling, itching and sensitivity to touch.

Shingles Treatment

The viral infection lasts between two to six weeks before healing. Early treatment with prescription antiviral drugs can speed up the healing process and lower the risk of complications, such as scarring and long-term nerve pain at the site. To prevent the spread of shingles, Dr. Kingsley recommends covering the rash and avoiding contact with those who are at risk of the infection, such as pregnant women and children younger than one year old.

Why MK Dermatology?

Dr. Kingsley and the team at MK Dermatology are dedicated to helping restore and enhance your individual beauty.

Dr. Kingsley and her team educate and provide a personalized treatment plan for all patients who are suffering from shingles symptoms.

Our direct care model is simple – with no hidden fees, copays or insurance headaches. Just stress-free, high-quality skin care when you need it.

Board-Certified Dermatologist

During your appointment, you will see our board-certified physician Dr. Melanie Kingsley.

Transparent Pricing

No hidden fees, no surprise bills, no copays or insurance headaches.

Direct Care

Increased access – whether patients have a quick question or need to make an appointment – along with shorter wait times.

Schedule An Appointment

Our team, led by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Kingsley, provides the latest skin treatments at our office. To schedule an appointment, call 317-620-0024 or schedule an appointment online.

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