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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

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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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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