We found 3 providers with an interest in shingles and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare All Copay near Gainesville, FL.
Dr. Maria Longo-Imedio specializes in dermatology (skin disorders) and practices in Gainesville, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Longo-Imedio include alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. Dr. Longo-Imedio is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Longo-Imedio studied medicine at Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish.
Dr. Cheri Adgerson's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Areas of expertise for Dr. Adgerson include alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending Penn State College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Adgerson completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Adgerson's professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.
Dr. Anna Debenedetto is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Her areas of expertise include alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Dr. Debenedetto accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is a graduate of The G. d'Annunzio University.
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Shingles is an infection that is characterized by painful rashes. It can occur anywhere in the body, but it most commonly appears on one side of the torso as a stripe of red rashes. Other symptoms include itchiness, fluid-filled blisters that break open, fever, and fatigue. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus responsible for chickenpox. If you had chickenpox as a child, the virus stays inside your body and may reappear as shingles later in life, especially when your immune system is not strong enough to fight the virus. Shingles most often affects people over 50, and the risk of getting the disease rises with age.
A person who has shingles can pass it onto others who have not had chickenpox if they get in direct contact with the open sores of the rash. As a precaution, you should avoid contact with pregnant women or newborns if you have shingles. While there is no cure for this disease, medications may help reduce pain and speed up the healing process. Bathing with cool water and applying cool compresses on your rashes and blisters can temporarily relieve itchiness.
A shingles vaccine is available for people who are 50 or older. The vaccine is given as a single injection containing a live virus, so you should not get the vaccine if your immune system is weak. Getting vaccinated does not guarantee total protection against shingles, but it will likely decrease the severity of the disease.