Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Choose A Dermatologist For Your Shingles

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If you are one of the 99% of Americans that have had chickenpox, you likely still have the virus lying dormant in your body. In some people, this virus (called varicella-zoster) wakes up after years of dormancy and causes the painful blister rash of shingles.

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a viral infection caused by the chickenpox virus. It is most recognized by its distinctive cluster of fluid-filled blisters around one side of the waist. The rash is also commonly seen on one side of the forehead or around one eye. Your symptoms may begin as burning or tingling on one side of your body and then progress to painful groups of small blisters that are often accompanied by fever, chills, headache and an upset stomach.

Even though it is more common in older adults, shingles can develop at an earlier age as well. If you have a weak immune system, either due to an illness or as a result of a medication you take, you are a higher risk for getting shingles. The shingles vaccine cuts the risk of shingles by about half in people over age 60. However, the vaccine does not eliminate all cases and not all people are good candidates to receive the shingles vaccine.

If you are suffering from shingles, it is important to know that there are ways to alleviate your discomfort and reduce the duration of your symptoms. A qualified dermatologist, such as those at Olansky Dermatology Associates, can prescribe specific topical ointments or oral medication to ease the pain of your shingles blisters. There are also steps you can take at home to treat your symptoms including the following:

  • Leave your blisters alone! Avoid picking at and scratching blisters so that they can crust over and fall off naturally.
  • Use cool, moist compresses to ease discomfort followed by soothing lotions, such as calamine.
  • To help dry out your sores, apply cornstarch or baking soda.
  • Soak crusted sores with tap water to help clean away crusts, decrease oozing, and soothe this irritated area of skin.
  • Ask your dermatologist about using topical creams to help relieve the inflammation.
  • Watch for signs of infected skin and promptly consult your doctor for a prescription antibiotic.

Suffering through the shingles virus can be very unpleasant. However, because this is a virus that manifests itself in the skin, it is essential that you get the proper treatment you need from a board certified dermatologist, who specializes in caring for the skin. Trust a dermatologist for your shingles care can mean less discomfort and faster healing time as well as a decreased risk for long-term side effects or lingering pain.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

3379 Peachtree Rd, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326

(404) 355-5484

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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Our Happy Patients

4.7/ 5.0

Based on 229 reviews

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
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Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

Lindsay S.

I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

Janet R.

I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.