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Let’s Talk About Shingles

Many people don’t realize this, but shingles is actually one of the diseases that dermatologists specialize in! The official name that doctors use for shingles is herpes zoster. If you had the chicken pox virus in the past, then you are at risk for developing shingles, because the chicken pox virus stays in your body. A shingles outbreak happens when the virus moves out to the skin.  Shingles is normally treated with a prescription anti-viral medication. 

Most people who get shingles develop a very painful blistering rash. People tend to notice pain, burning, and/or tingling in the area one to two days prior to the blisters and redness showing up. It is VERY important to get in to the doctor if you have any shingles-like symptoms and have it treated as soon as possible so that you are not left with a chronic pain syndrome in the affected areas. This chronic pain condition is called post-herpetic neuralgia.

Shingles can also lead to other long-term health issues, such as issues with your eyesight if you have a shingles outbreak on your face.  Most of the time, people only get shingles once, but it is possible to have an outbreak again.

An active shingles outbreak can be contagious. If you have active blisters, you must avoid being around pregnant women, children, and anyone with a weakened immune system.

After you have seen your doctor and been given the prescription treatments, there are some over-the-counter things that you can use at home to help relieve the symptoms. Alternating Ibuprofen and Tylenol can help with pain, and you can also add Benadryl with it at bedtime.  Topically, Epionce Renewal Calming cream, capsaicin cream, or Sarna lotion may help with any itching and/or burning that occurs. 

For more information from the CT Derm team, contact us online or call us at 208.452.7450.

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As a clinical dermatologist, Dr. Carl Thornfeldt created Epionce® to be the science-backed solution to specific skin concerns. Decades of research went into the physician-strength, clinically tested skincare line, which uses botanical ingredients to boost the skin barrier, improve radiance, and more.

Here is What our Patients Think

All of the interaction with the staff, technicians and doctors have been professional and friendly. The staff is efficient, the wait times are minimal, and the care is exceptional. I highly recommend CTDerm.

Wade W. (Patient since 2019)

I have known from a distance that Dr. Thornfeldt and his staff were very good. But in just one visit, I realize that I had underestimated how good they are. Our son and daughter's skin issues, as well as my own, were not noticed by our dermatologist where we live. It was fully worth the trip from Florida.

Robert H. (patient since 2016)

My experience with Dr. Thornfeldt and his staff has been nothing but pleasurable. The staff are friendly and helpful going the extra mile to meet the patients needs. Dr. Thornfeldt is dedicated to the care of his patients, actively listening and responding as he seeks to see the bigger picture.

Dezra. R (patient since 2019)

The staff at CT Derm is very friendly and helpful. I found the visit very comfortable. Dr. Thornfeldt is extremely knowledgeable, thorough, and understanding. I am a former patient of his from when he had an office in Nampa, but due to improved skin issues and major life changes, -- a divorce and move, I didn't follow him to his Fruitland office. After over 12 years, and new skin problems, I knew it was time make the drive. I trust him completely and appreciate his experience and expertise.

Ellen S. (patient since 2018)

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