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Treatment for shingles

A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
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Anti-viral: Anti-viral medicines such as Acyclovir are usually prescribed. For pain, over the counter medicines like Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen (tylenol) are typi ... Read More
Dr. Bahman Omrani
16 years experience Pain Management
Acute ot chronic?: If acute shingles, starting anti-viral therapy such as Valtrex (valacyclovir) or Acyclovir may help. Corticostroids (prednisone) are used by some, bu ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Minimal: A cool bath or compresses over the rash may v pain/ itching.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: Antiviral medicines, such as acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir, to reduce the pain and the duration of shingles. Otc acetaminophen, aspirin, or ... Read More
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Treatment is not: necessarily required for the Shingles to run it's course. Although there is not a “cure” for shingles- Valacyclovir (Valtrex), Acyclovir (Zovirax) &am ... Read More
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Vaccine: Agree with Dr. Fowler. Even if you had shingles, it would be prudent to get shingles vaccine.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Minimal if any: In deference to chickenpox, you do not have virus in your oral secretions or cough during shingles.The debris from weepy sores in the breakout area ha ... Read More
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A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jason Siefferman
13 years experience Pain Management
More information: This is not a common complaint, and more information would be needed to figure out what's going on.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Acyclovir Effects: 2% of patients develop headaches while taking acyclovir. Dizziness is a common reaction in those patients taking acyclovir. You may want to try Valtre ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Antihistamine & call: Severe allergic reactions where there is difficulty breathing, throat swelling or near loss of consciousness are treated with self-injectable Epinephr ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Valtrex (valacyclovir): Oral antivirals will clear infection. However inflammation and pain may persist. Oral steroids or neuron tin can be used to help with pain. Neuron tin ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Many Options: Typical options for shingles include starting antivirals such as Famciclovir and valcyclovir but are prescribed and evaluated by your pcp. Other opti ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Shingles: Although there is not a “cure” for shingles- valacyclovir (valtrex), Acyclovir (zovirax) ; Famciclovir (famvir) can help symptoms. Cool bath or comp ... Read More
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