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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)

Shingles is 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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Doctors, can my shingles spread if I am on antibiotics?

Doctors, can my shingles spread if I am on antibiotics?

No: Do not worry, it will have no bearing on the ultimate course. ...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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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