We found 3 providers with an interest in shingles and who accept BlueOptions Essential Health S1401 near Tampa, FL.

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Dr. Rizwanuddin Mohammed Farooqi, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1919 W Swann Avenue; Floor 3
Tampa, FL

Dr. Rizwanuddin Farooqi's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Farooqi's areas of expertise include back pain, diabetes, and sexually transmitted diseases (STds). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at St. Matthew's University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at The Toledo Hospital. Dr. Farooqi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Farooqi's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and BayCare Medical Group.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Shingles, Skin Issues, Back Pain, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Joint Injections

Dr. Thomas Michael Newman, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2816 W Virginia Avenue
Tampa, FL

Dr. Thomas Newman practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Newman include back pain, concussion, and bell's palsy. Dr. Newman's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Newman completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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All Interests: Auto Injuries, Dementia, Shingles, Attention Deficit Disorder, Back Pain, Alzheimer's Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
4506 Wishart Place
Tampa, FL

Dr. Don Perez is a physician who specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Perez has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, shingles, and retina surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Perez honors. He is a graduate of Central University of the East School of Medicine. Dr. Perez speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Retina Problems, Laser Surgery, Diabetes, Shingles, Retina Surgery



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What is Shingles?

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.

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