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Can antibiotics treat shingles?

Can antibiotics treat shingles?

No: Shingles is medical condition caused be reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox (varicella). Antibiotics (used to treat bacterial infections) are not routinely used, unless the treating physician believes that a bacteria such as strep or staph has infected the skin involved with the shingles. Antivirals, however, are useful for the treatment of shingles. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Is erythematosus lupus a viral infection treated by shingles antibiotic?

Is erythematosus lupus a viral infection treated by shingles antibiotic?

Not a virus yet: Systemic lupus erythematosis is an autoimmune disease where antibodies are directed at one`s own tissues including joints, skin, kidneys, lungs and even brain. While we now have excellent treatments for this once commonly fatal disease, we do not know the trigger or triggers that set off the immune system. Even though infectious agents are suspected, none have as yet been identified or treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Sees shingles of the eye/nose & worries (but does not investigate) fungal infection of the throat & nose. Treats with antiviral + antibiotics. Ok?

Dr. Sees shingles of the eye/nose & worries (but does not investigate) fungal infection of the throat & nose. Treats with antiviral + antibiotics. Ok?

Shingles: Near the eyes - I usually suggest seeing an eye doctor as well. Anttivirals will help reduce the shingles. If he also put you on antifungals that is fine. Homeopathic rhus tox can help with the shingles as well. And you will also find value in seeing a chinese medicine practitioner to help balance your overall system. ...Read more

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What is the antibiotic for shingles?

What is the antibiotic for shingles?

Antiviral: Treatment is with an antiviral medication like Acyclovir or valacyclovir, in addition to an anti inflammatory medication and possibly a pain medication. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics does shingles start to heal?

Shingles: Antibiotics will not help. Shingles is caused by a virus. With Acyclovir or Valtrex (valacyclovir) the lesions can start to crust in 5 - 7 days. ...Read more

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My husband was diagnosed with shingles, is on antibiotics, but is in excruciating pain. Aleeve doesn't seem to help. What to do?

My husband was diagnosed with shingles, is on antibiotics, but is in excruciating pain. Aleeve doesn't seem to help. What to do?

Are you sure: We do not use antibiotics for shingles. We use antiviral medications such as acyclovir, valcyclovir, etc and often use higher does of medications such as Naproxen 500 mg or Motrin 800 mg. Sometimes topical anesthetics such as a Lidocaine patch are used. ...Read more

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I have black dots on my shingles? What do those mean and how long does it last? I have had shingles since Monday and am taking antibiotics.

I have black dots on my shingles? What do those mean and how long does it last? I have had shingles since Monday and am taking antibiotics.

Pretty young for shi: At age 18 you are young for shingles be it cn occur. The black dots are healing I suspect. I think it would be wise to see dermatolgoy for a clarification of the diagnosis ...Read more

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I've been on an antibiotic for 1 week. How long till the shingles disappear and swelling in lymph node gone?

I've been on an antibiotic for 1 week. How long till the shingles disappear and swelling in lymph node gone?

Will take: It will take several weeks and it really has to do with other problems that may occur with the shingles. ...Read more

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Been on antibiotics for cellulitis and another dr called in med for shingles. No blisters and not tht painful so can't be shingles?

Been on antibiotics for cellulitis and another dr called in med for shingles. No blisters and not tht painful so can't be shingles?

Too many cooks: Sounds like there may be too many cooks in your medical kitchen. Hopefully these two physicians were aware of each other's treatments and reasoning, but a revisit to one of them for clarification is probably in order if your symptoms are confusing or you are not responding to treatment. Hope you are feeling better soon! ...Read more

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My mother contracted MRSA for her third time, while still on antibiotic & not completely healed she contracted shingles for the first time. Related?

My mother contracted MRSA for her third time, while still on antibiotic & not completely healed she contracted shingles for the first time. Related?

Yes: Shingles is more common in elderly patients. It tends to occur many times when the individual is under physical emotional stress. With her mother having recurrent MRSA episodes this may have been stressful enough to cause her immune system to be depressed and shingles to manifest. ...Read more

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How long are shingles contagious? Is it safe for my three year old to go around someone who has shingles in their eyes and have been on antibiotics?

How long are shingles contagious? Is it safe for my three year old to go around someone who has shingles in their eyes and have been on antibiotics?

Local care issue: Shingles differs from chickenpox by not having a phase when oral secretions contain viral particles. The contagious material is limited to the wet or dry debris coming from the area involved. As long as the kid has no direct contact with that material she is at no risk. At three she should have had the vaccine already & if so it is unlikely that she could get sick from it anyway. ...Read more

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I have an under arm lump. Do I need an antibiotic or is there a home remedy? I recently took a long road trip. I was unable to shower for 2 days. Also I have had shingles as a young man. I am 24. I also on this trip picked up a cold so I tried a variety o

I have an under arm lump. Do I need an antibiotic or is there a home remedy? I recently took a long road trip. I was unable to shower for 2 days. Also I have had shingles as a young man. I am 24. I also on this trip picked up a cold so I tried a variety o

A: A new lump in that area could be due to many things. It can be an inflamed cyst, ingrown hair or boil, or inflamed lymph node. If the lump is not enlarging, non-tender and you do not have fever and other symptoms you can monitor it at home. You can try warm towel compresses for 15 minutes several times a day. If it enlarges, becomes painful, or you become feverish, you should see a physician. If the lump does not resolve in a week, you should visit physician for evaluation and treatment. Take care, . ...Read more

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Pustular rash face/chest when on antibiotics (sinuses) doc said rare skin reaction. Could it have been shingles? Rash going away once med stopped

Pustular rash face/chest when on antibiotics (sinuses) doc said rare skin reaction. Could it have been shingles? Rash going away once med stopped

AGEP?: Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis? Few other true drug-related adverse reactions result in general pustular rash. This can be a non-specific reaction (can occur with several unrelated drugs) and may be related to complicating underlying inflammatory condition. See Immunologist to review/assess the reaction and to better define future risk. Not advisable to simply avoid the med in future ...Read more

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My fri has shingles on her eye- forehead cheek and lips-she is on antibiotic and Velptex it is been 2 weeks - anything she can take naturally to help?

Ice for pain: Ice or a cool compresses decrease the pain of shingles. Ice can be applied at least 15-30 minutes continuously every hour. This has helped my patients with shingles find relief at bedtime, so they can get the rest they need to recover from this systemic condition. I hope this helps your friend! ...Read more

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I have been taking antibiotics for a UTI and also Valtrex (valacyclovir) for mild shingles and now I'm having a hard time urinating? No pain just forcing it to flow?

I have been taking antibiotics for a UTI and also Valtrex (valacyclovir) for mild shingles and now I'm having a hard time urinating? No pain just forcing it to flow?

HSV not shingles?: If your apparent shingles involves the genital area or nearby, it is likely you have primary genital herpes instead. Shingles is rare at age 18 but herpes is common; the rash is very similar for both; genital HSV can cause UTI symptoms; and it can cause temporary bladder weakness or paralysis that interferes with urination. The rash should tested for HSV. Recheck with your doctor ASAP. Good luck! ...Read more

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My eye is red and when I move it, I sometimes have pain. I have been taking steroids and antibiotics since I had Shingles in June (Predforte 3 wks and Tobradex 2 wks) and whenever I stop the drops, the redness comes back. What is the solution please?

My eye is red and when I move it, I sometimes have pain. I have been taking steroids and antibiotics since I had Shingles in June (Predforte 3 wks and Tobradex 2 wks) and whenever I stop the drops, the redness comes back. What is the solution please?

Call eye doc!: Hopefully, an ophthalmologist has been treating you, if not see one quickly. If you have been seeing one, call about this and ask what to do. If you are not given enough information to ease your mind about your treatment plan, please get a second opinion with another eye doc. Good luck! ...Read more

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My eye is red and when I move it, I sometimes have pain. I have been taking steroids and antibiotics since I had Shingles in June. My shingles is now gone but my red eye persists. What is the solution please?

See an ophthalmologi: Eye pain is never normal. Especially this late after the shingles. Your eye pressure might be very high due to the long term steroid use. Go see an ophthalmologist immediately ...Read more

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My eye is red after using steroids and antibiotics. I also had Shingles in June. My shingles is gone now. I have been to the doctor and he told me to use artificial tears. I used Refresh Plus drops for a week. My eye is still red and has pain?

My eye is red after using steroids and antibiotics. I also had Shingles in June. My shingles is gone now. I have been to the doctor and he told me to use artificial tears. I used Refresh Plus drops for a week. My eye is still red and has pain?

Persistence: If the shingles affected your eye, you may still have persisting ocular pain and or inflammation. This presents as a red sore eye that may be sensitive to light and affect vision. Quite often, topical prednisolone eye drops or similar steroid preparations will have to used for months. You should not have an infection at this point, so antibiotics are not needed. Artificial tears are not treatment ...Read more

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How to cure pus caused by herpes zoster? I'm already taking up oral antibiotic.

How to cure pus caused by herpes zoster? I'm already taking up oral antibiotic.

Herpes zoster: Keep taking the antibiotic. The blisters should dry up after a few days. If you're impatient, use a sterile needle and pop the blisters, then clean the area with some soap and water. Then keep the area dry. ...Read more

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I've had the shingles now for two months and the rash near my ankle will not go away or heal in fact I think it's getting worse. Have been on antibiot?

I've had the shingles now for two months and the rash near my ankle will not go away or heal in fact I think it's getting worse. Have been on antibiot?

Not shingles: The rash of shingles should NOT persist for that long, so I tend to doubt that is your diagnosis. It's best to see an Infectious Diseases doctor who specializes in viral infections and can tell if this is truly shingles or herpes zoster. There is antiviral treatment available as well as a vaccine. I'm suspicious though it is something else. Hopefully you can see a doctor or upload the photo here. ...Read more

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How to take care of pus created by herpes zoster? Is it okay to take antiobiotic together with antiviral?

How to take care of pus created by herpes zoster? Is it okay to take antiobiotic together with antiviral?

Yes but u need: To call your doc to see if your doc thinks they are secondarily infected or not which they may or may not be, please call your doc. ...Read more

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What medications treat shingles?

What medications treat shingles?

Steroids, zovrax: Shingles is from activation of dorsal horn varicella zoster. To treat
the patient needs rest and a course of an antiviral medication at the
highest dose permitted by weight of patient. An oral dose of steroids, such as a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack for six days, will decrease inflammation.
It is good to recommend an immunization for people 50 or older who had chicken pox to avoid the disability from shingles. ...Read more

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Do dermatologists treat shingles?

Yes, many doctors do: Shingles is well within the domain of the dermatologist - but also treated by most family doctors and internists. Sometimes people go to urgent care clinics because symptoms can be quite severe. An er visit will cost you way too much - particularly for a problem that can easily be treated in the office. ...Read more

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Would you treat shingles with abreva?

Would you treat shingles with abreva?

Shingles: The best way to treat shingles is to start oral antiviral meds such as valtrez as soon as possible to reduce the chance of postherpetic neuralgia. ...Read more

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Can I use clindamycin to treat shingles?

Sorry it won't work: If you really have shingles, what you need is an antiviral medicine, not an antibiotic. Sometimes the shingles become infected since they are damaging the top layer of skin-so in that case an antibiotic might help, although I usually like something 'local' such as bacitracin ointment. You should call your doctor for an antiviral medicine-acyclovir, valacyclovir or famciclovir. Hope you feel better ...Read more

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How do you treat shingles with acupuncture?

How do you treat shingles with acupuncture?

Pain of dermatome: The pain from shingles is in a dermatome. Use
of acupuncture can stimulate nerves in a different
way and thereby diminish the perception of pain to
the cortex. The pain fibers become less dominant as
the acupuncture dilutes the input to the brain. This relaxes
the patient and could decrease pain in that way, too. ...Read more

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How can I treat back pain from where I had shingles?

Consultation: Find pain specialist in you area. Treatment of shingles pain takes time and expertise. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a dermatologist treat shingles?

Yes: Yes a dermatologist can but any general doctor can prescribe you medicine for the shingles. Once it is resolved you should get the varicella vaccine to decrease the risk of it returning. ...Read more

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How to treat pityriasis rosea/shingles?

How to treat pityriasis rosea/shingles?

Different conditions: They're completely different conditions. You don't treat pityriasis. You treat shingles with valacyclovir or acyclovir. ...Read more

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Please tell me can doxycycl hvc treat shingles?

No: Doxycycline is a drug used to fight bacterial infection. The answer is no.
You will not be able to cure shingles, but you can keep the virus under control and make sure that the pain of an outbreak is significantly reduced. Zostavax is a vaccine that is available to people over 50 and healthy.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How to treat shingles?

How to treat shingles?

AGGRESSIVELY: 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. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more