According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as one out of every three Americans will develop shingles at some point in their lifetime. If you or a loved one is among them, relief is available from the team at Neuropathy Treatment Clinics of Texas in Addison, Texas. Shingles can be incredibly painful, but treatment can help manage your pain. We we see patients in and around the DFW Metroplex.
Shingles is a viral infection caused by the same virus that leads to chickenpox. That means if you’ve ever had chickenpox, or the varicella-zoster virus, you’ll have a risk of developing shingles for the rest of your life.
Even after your body fights off chickenpox, the virus behind that infection remains in your body, residing in nerve tissue near your brain and spinal cord. It’s inactive but can activate at a later time.
Shingles is not a life-threatening condition, but it can be painful and unsightly. Treatment can reduce the amount of time the infection presents symptoms, and also reduces the risk of complications.
Shingles presents a painful rash that often affects only a small area on one side of your body. Additional symptoms may include:
It’s important to note that some men and women develop shingles without a rash. Paying attention to the signals your body sends is the best way to know when to seek medical care.
Left untreated, shingles can lead to numerous complications. Postherpetic neuralgia occurs when nerve fibers sustain damage and can no longer communicate properly with your brain.
Vision loss can also occur if your shingles rash develops in or around your eye and creates an eye infection. Bacterial skin infections are also possible.
Certain types of nerve damage can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. Facial paralysis, hearing problems, and balance issues are other complications you may develop.
Several antiviral drugs are effective in treating shingles and preventing further nerve damage. There are also products that can temporarily ease discomfort from a shingles rash.
If your infection caused significant nerve damage, electric cell signaling therapy might offer a path toward restored function. The neoGEN-SeriesⓇ electric cell signaling system delivers innovative treatment that can actually retrain your nerve tissue to communicate more effectively with your brain.
Schedule an appointment at Neuropathy Treatment Clinics of Texas today for a thorough diagnostic exam and discussion of your treatment options. You can set up your visit online, or you’re always welcome to call the office to check appointment availability.