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A 35-year-old member asked:

is there a cure for shingles?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
No: Shingles is an infection from the chickenpox virus (herpes zoster) which erupts on a specific layer of the skin (termed a dematome). You can decrease your chances of getting this with the chickenpox vaccine. If you have developed it you need an anti-viral like Valtrex (valacyclovir) and sometimes steroids. See your family doctor right away.
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 23 years experience
No.: Antivirals, like valtrex, (valacyclovir) need to be started within 72 hrs of shingle symptoms. They can decrease the severity and duration of the rash. If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help.
Dr. William Lizarraga
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Not a cure: Besides antivirals, some other things that can help with the pain of shingles are antidepressants like amitryptilene, anti seizure drugs like Gabapentin and topical anesthetics like lidocaine. A primary care doctor can help write for these.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Do the medicines cure shingles?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Weeks
Family Medicine 45 years experience
No: Antiviral medications can help shorten the symptoms of shingles, but do not cure the infection. Shingles vaccine can reduce the risk of getting shingles.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What percentage of shingles patients develop complications?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
It depends: Complications of herpes zoster (shingles) depend on the age of the patient as well as the immune competence.
Suffern, NY
A 45-year-old male asked:

Does shingles often occur in ages under 50 and are the meds available truly worth the expense if there really is no cure?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Get vaccine: A person's risk for herpes zoster increases sharply after 50 years of age. About 50% of people who live to 85 years of age will have had an episode of herpes zoster. A person’s risk for phn also increases sharply with age. The vaccine can reduce or eliminate disease onset.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What happens when you have shingles? Can you cure it and what is it really?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Shingles: Shingles can cause fairly dramatic pain which is followed within a few days by a rash. It usually appears in a particular location on one side of the body. The rash burns intensely, itches ; is made up blisters that open up ; crust over. A person could also have a fever, chills, headache and generalized aches ; pains with fatigue. There isn't a 'cure' but antiviral medications ; medications for.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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pain can help.
Jan 16, 2014
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A 54-year-old male asked:

What can l use to cure shingles.

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: Unfortunately there is no cure. You may visit this site for different treatments: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/shingles/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353060 Wish you good health!

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