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i am searching for another cure for shingles. no drugs or steroids please?

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
41 years experience Preventive Medicine
Pox Virus None exist: Shingles: recurrence of pox virus, hiding out, decades, within spinal nerve cells, then reproducing; the reason for the classic nerve dermatome distribution. Virus not living cell, just snipits of dna/rna with protein shell, thus no antibiotics exist; cannot kill something not alive to begin with. Most effective: adequate immunity to stop breakout. Vaccine helps prevent; early antiviral may help.
Answered on Jan 27, 2014
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
Looking for miracle? Wrong place. Try church. The pill is ABSOLUTELY safe, used millions of times & never hurt anybody, but is effective to help shingles only if given on first or second day. Steroids of little or no benefit.
Jan 27, 2014
Dr. Douglas Brant
26 years experience Family Medicine
Antiviral a helpful early in treatment
Jan 27, 2014
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
41 years experience Preventive Medicine
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For active Shingles, no cure exists, just partial symptom treatments of variable, often not great, efficacy.
Jan 27, 2014

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