Shingles occurs when an acute viral infection of the spinal or cranial nerves is associated with a painful skin rash that causes blisters, swelling and pain. Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the herpes virus called varicella (chicken pox).
In the past more than 99% of Americans over the age of 40 had chicken pox as a child. Most patients who get shingles had a chicken pox infection as a child.
1 out of 3 people in America will experience shingles in his/her lifetime. Nearly one million Americans are affected each year. As patients age, they become more vulnerable to developing shingles with over half of all shingles cases occurring in people over 60.
Today Dr. Baker at Sollay Laser Center is excited to offer to you ground breaking treatment of shingles using medical therapeutic lasers. Photobiomodulation also known as low level laser therapy offers a non-invasive and effective treatment for shingles. There are multiple research papers in the United States and Europe that demonstrate the effectiveness of medical therapeutic laser treatments for treating both acute and chronic shingles.
Today Terrance L. Baker, M.D., M.S., a board certified Family Physician and Emergency Medicine expert has developed an effective treatment protocol for the treatment of shingles pain which can result in resolution of the acute outbreak. Additionally Dr. Baker has treated many patients with post-herpetic neuralgia (i.e. chronic pain that follows a shingles infection as a result of underlying nerve damage through the application of medical therapeutic lasers). A typical treatment for shingles patients is to hold the medical therapeutic laser above the infected area. The patient typically will feel nothing during the treatment. After a short time, many patients will describe a cooling sensation in the painful area. The pain will continue to improve throughout the session and each of the sessions that follows.
Many patients report significant pain relief while still on the treatment table after the first treatment. The typical rash associated with shingles will demonstrate marked reduction of pain, swelling; erythema after follow-up treatment 24 hours later. Pain relief with medical therapeutic lasers is well established in the scientific literature. The science of using medical therapeutic lasers for the management of shingles pain is well documented and there are virtually no contraindications.
Call today for a free consultation to Sollay Laser Center at (410) 644-7655. Hana Kelele, CRNP Phd; Modesta Vesonder CRN/MS and I look forward to meeting you. Stop suffering.