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A 30-year-old female asked about a 60-year-old male:

I got herpes zoster (shingles) been to doctor he give me only acyclovir and ibuprofen,is there anything i can apply directly on affected area for pain?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jerome Litt
Dermatology 72 years experience
SHINGLES: THERE IS REALLY NOTHING YOU CAN APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE SKIN THAT WOULD HELP. SOME SALVES AND OINTMENTS CONTAINING LIDOCAINE MIGHT HELP, BUT THE IBUPROFEN SHOULD DO THE TRICK. WITH YOUR DOCTORS PERMISSION, YOU MIGHT TRY TO INCREASE THE DOSE OF THE IBUPROFEN.

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