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Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After recovering from chickenpox, the virus remains dormant in your body. It can reactivate years later, causing shingles. At Islay Pharmacy in Bowmore, Isle of Islay, we offer support and treatment through the Pharmacy First Scotland scheme to help you manage shingles effectively.

What is Shingles?

Shingles is characterised by a painful rash that typically appears on one side of the body or face. The rash forms blisters that scab over in 7 to 10 days and clears up within 2 to 4 weeks. It can occur at any age but is most common in people over 50. Stress, a weakened immune system, or aging can trigger the virus to reactivate.

Symptoms of Shingles

The symptoms of shingles usually affect a small section of one side of your body. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain, burning, or tingling sensation
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Red rash that develops a few days after the pain
  • Fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over
  • Itching

Some people also experience fever, headache, light sensitivity, and fatigue. Pain is often the first symptom and can be severe.

How Islay Pharmacy Can Help

At Islay Pharmacy in Bowmore, Isle of Islay, we understand how debilitating shingles can be. Our Pharmacy First service provides quick and easy access to treatment and support for managing shingles. You can speak directly with our qualified pharmacists, who can offer advice, assess your symptoms, and recommend appropriate treatments.

  • Consultation: Our pharmacists can assess your condition and provide expert advice on managing your symptoms.
  • Treatment Options: We can recommend over-the-counter medications to relieve pain and itching. In some cases, we can refer you to a GP for antiviral medications.
  • Aftercare Support: Our team offers ongoing support to help you manage pain and prevent complications.

How to Start Your Shingles Treatment Journey at Islay Pharmacy

If you suspect you have shingles, don’t wait. Visit Islay Pharmacy in Bowmore, Isle of Islay for immediate support.

Get in touch with our friendly team if you have any questions.