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swelling in the face associated with shingles? what to do? how to get rid of swelling?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
23 years experience Family Medicine
It will get better: Shingles will heal on its own with/out treatment. Early treatment can result in faster healing/less swelling. 2-3 wks is the typical course of shingle attack without early treatment. Some may have persistent/prolonged postherpetic neuralgia (nerve pain), but swelling will pretty much always resolve completely. Sleep in recliner may lessen swelling a bit. Consult doc for treatment. Good luck.
Answered on Jun 30, 2019
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Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
Treat shingles: It will get better on its own as the shingles resolves. Starting anti-herpes medications will speed recovery if started early enough.
Answered on Jun 30, 2019

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