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

Understanding Shingles

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One in five people will get shingles during their lifetime. Shingles is an infection caused by a virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. For those that suffer from a shingles outbreak, they are well aware of its painful and often unbearable symptoms. This is why many older adults choose to get a shingles vaccine that is readily available in most pharmacies and medical clinics.

Who Gets it?
Anyone who has had chickenpox (even as a child) is vulnerable to getting shingles. The virus remains dormant in your body, housing itself at the nerve roots of your spinal cord. Most people never experience the virus going active again in their lifetime. However, for those that do, the virus presents itself as a painful blistering rash called shingles. There doesn’t have to be a specific trigger for shingles, however, it often develops after episodes of stress or illness. Adults over 50 years of age are at increased risk.
What are the symptoms?
Shingles affects the skin and originates in the corresponding nerve roots of the spine. It presents itself on a band of skin on just half of the body. Typically, the chest and stomach are affected. At first, you may notice an area of your skin that feels like a dull or sharp ache, burning or stabbing pain. Within a few days, a painful red rash with blisters will appear. These blisters will scab over and fade over a period of about three weeks.
Is there treatment?
The key to treating shingles and lessening your symptoms is to see your physician as soon as symptoms appear. At this time, you may be able to take an anti-viral medicine to help you recover more quickly. With or without treatment, most people recover from shingles completely. However, there is a 2 to 4 week period that can be quite uncomfortable. Talk to a dermatologist for special remedies to alleviate your skin rash symptoms as the virus takes its course.

Olansky Dermatology Associates offers a full menu of treatments for all types of skin rashes, including shingles. If you suspect that you may have this type of blistering rash on your body, please make an appointment sooner rather than later for the best chance at effective treatment.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates
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Olansky Dermatology AssociatesAtlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (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.