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my husband has shingles can sulfamethoxazole-tmp ds get rid of it?

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
30 years experience Internal Medicine
No: Acyclovir and steroids. May help with symptoms .It will resolve . Antibiotics have no role in treatment of shingles which is a reactivation of varricella virus.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014
Dr. Liawaty Ho
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
No: Shingles is viral infection. Antibiotic like sulfamethoxazole is not the treatment for viral infection. Antiviral can help to shorten duration of shingles if the drug is started within the first 24-48 hours since the skin eruption.
Answered on Aug 4, 2013
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