According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles, also known as herpes zoster, in their lifetime. The American Academy of Dermatology describes shingles as a painful, blistering rash. And anyone who has had chickenpox has the possibility of developing shingles because the virus remains inside of the body. When the virus is reactivated, it results in shingles. The AAD also reports that getting the shingles vaccine can lessen your risk of developing serious complications from shingles, such as nerve pain, which can be so bad that it affects with your everyday life.
It is especially important to take precautions while you have blisters because the virus is especially dangerous for:
- Women who are pregnant (vaccine can harm the fetus)
- Those who are HIV positive
- Anyone receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatments
At Central Coast Regenerative & Aesthetic Medicine in San Luis Obispo, our Regenerative Medicine Therapy may be able to help you find pain relief for pain caused by shingles. Stem cells offer promises for other incurable diseases. Every day, researchers are finding that stem cells could provide an answer for previously unthinkable possibilities to treat diseases such as diabetes and blood disorders like lymphoma. These treatments are significant choices when it comes to severe diseases like spinal cord or joint injuries. Is it impossible to think that it can be a promising shingles treatment?
Signs and Symptoms of Shingles
- An area of skin may burn, itch, tingle, or feel very sensitive, usually in a small area of the body on one side of the body
- Rash shows up in the same area
- The rash turns into groups of clear blisters
- These blisters will cause pain and once healed, the pain lessens.
- May get a fever or a headache with the rash
You are only contagious while you have blisters from the shingles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you cover the rash to avoid touching it and wash your hands frequently.
At Central Coast Regenerative & Aesthetic Medicine in San Luis Obispo, we focus on treatment that is non-invasive and works to improve functionality while regenerating soft tissue in the injured areas. Stem cell therapy and PRP injections may not be suitable for every patient, as every patient will respond differently to treatment, but we are happy to provide consultation and thorough evaluation to see if you qualify for this treatment. To learn more about Regenerative Medicine Therapy and to ask our doctors how viable of a treatment the therapy is, call Central Coast Regenerative & Aesthetic Medicine at (805) 250-4450 to schedule an appointment.