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Odenton, MD
A 45-year-old male asked:

Saw pcp for shingles, right side of face. no rash. prescription valtrex (valacyclovir). asked to watch for rash on tip of nose. "bump" today, but on left side of tip. er?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Antiviral treatment: There is 'one level higher' in terms of antiviral treatment for shingles -& that's intravenous acyclovir. It's heavy duty stuff and you would need to go to the ER to get that going. The real question is though, is that 'bump' at all related to shingles Y/N. Given that this can be serious - affecting the face and possibly the eye, I think you should get it seen today. If there's an ID doc, ask 'em
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