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Zostrix cream for shingles

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 39 years experience
ZostrixThis: Yes - in fact we now have a 6% patch called Qutenza in the usa.

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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Stokes
Family Medicine 22 years experience
No zostrix (capsaicin): Zoster vaccination will not help the symptoms of an active outbreak of shingles. It can help prevent future outbreaks though
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: Very little downside in terms of risk, but can significantly shorten outbreak / lessen severity / reduce risk of prolonged/chronic pain syndrome (post... Read More
Dr. Glynis Ablon
Dermatology 29 years experience
You mean zostavax?: zostrix (capsaicin) is a topical antipain medicine (capsacian). The zoster vaccine is recommended for individuals over 50 who have had chicken pox. I ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Rarely: If the problem is mild and localized you can try it. The chances of benefit are small.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology 41 years experience
Different uses: Zostrix (capsaicin) is a cream that can be used to treat post-herpetic neuralgia-pain that last for 3 months after shingles has resolved. Acyclovir cr... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Hot pepper chill out: Trigeminal nerve pain? Capsacain puts the hot in chili peppers and raises our pain threshold so things don't hurt as much. Some folks have reported re... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Infection v. pain: Acyclovir cream is a cream containing an anti-herpes drug. It's sometimes used to treat cold sores, though it's less effective than oral anti-herpes d... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Zovirax (acyclovir): However systemic or internal treatment is a better choice because the virus is under the skin in the nerve root. Zovirax, Famvir or Valtrex (valacyclo... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Herbich
Dermatology 40 years experience
Creams for itching.: You can try Hydrocortisone ointment over the counter or a menthol cream like sarna. If that doesn't work you can take benedryl pills at night before y... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Prob doesn't matter: Has herpes zoster (shingles) been professionally diagnosed? Don't try to diagnose and treat yourself. Shingles can occur at age 25, but not very commo... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Maybe.: There is no better stimulant for your immune system than actually having a disease. The vaccine is not contraindicated. But the additional benefit of... Read More

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