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What I do to get rid of shingles virus?

What I do to get rid of shingles virus?

See your Dr ASAP: The virus never totally goes away, but it can go back to a dormant state and there are medications that help it happen quicker w/ less severe symptoms. It works best if you do it early! So, go ASAP. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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Have Shingles Feb.been getting sores in my head, face, mouth, pubic area, am on Valtrex (valacyclovir) rashes are itchy causing pain how do I get rid of shingles ?

Have Shingles Feb.been getting sores in my head, face, mouth, pubic area, am on Valtrex (valacyclovir) rashes are itchy causing pain how do I get rid of shingles ?

Change antiviral?: You cannot get rid of the virus that causes chicken pox and also shingles - varicella zoster. Would be odd, but not impossible, to have shingles on face and pubic area. May be another virus. Liquid from oozing lesions can be tested to see what virus it is. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of neuropathy pain from shingles? I've had the pain for almost 2 years. I'm taking 800 mg of gabapentin and it just barely takes

How do I get rid of  neuropathy pain from shingles?  I've had the pain for almost 2 years.  I'm taking 800 mg of gabapentin  and it just  barely takes

Consider topicals: 60-min capsaicin patch 8% applied by your dr topical Lidocaine (lidoderm 5%) can be tried but results less predictable. Your dr may be able to recommend safe & effective topicals through a compounding pharmacy. Tricyclic antidepressants (desipramine>amitriptyline) work for most, but be patient, may take 3-4 weeks to kick in. Gabapentin dose is too low. Lyrica (pregabalin) and Depakote may help. ...Read more

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I have shingles what is the fastest way to get rid of it?

I have shingles what is the fastest way to get rid of it?

Rx: There is a medication called Valtrex (valacyclovir) that can be used. Also for the pain can use gabapentin. It will still take some time to heal. Get the pain treated if it gets bad, sometimes that can be the worst part. ...Read more

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I'm 23 and have shingles. Why would i get shinglesoso young? What medicine can I take to get rid of it? I've had this for a month already.

I'm 23 and have shingles. Why would i get shinglesoso young? What medicine can I take to get rid of it? I've had this for a month already.

Nothing now: Too late to take anything now, you would need Valtrex (valacyclovir) or similar to be started within 48 hours. Are you sure it is shingles, unusual at 23, also shouldn't last this long even without treatment. Get a second opinion. ...Read more

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I had shingles when i was 11/12 and want to prevent it from resurfacing. I'm 19 now and sometimes get sharp pain from the site. Is it occurring again?

PHN: Shingles can be complicated by a condition known as post-herpetic neuralgia (phn) which may present as "pain along a strip of skin". Pain, sometimes severe, is a common feature of phn.Symptoms generally resolve after a few months, not uncommonly present even up to a year & beyond that is some. Vaccination with the shingles vaccine is recommended, even in those who've had it in the past. ...Read more

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Shingles? Contagious? How to get rid of em? Their on the face. What to do?

Shingles? Contagious? How to get rid of em? Their on the face. What to do?

See a doctor: See a doctor right away. Shingles will resolve more rapidly with anti-herpes drugs, but only if they're started at the beginning. You are contagious to people who have never had chickenpox, shingles, or the chickenpox vaccine. ...Read more

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Swelling in the face associated with shingles? What to do? How to get rid of swelling?

Swelling in the face associated with shingles? What to do? How to get rid of swelling?

It will get better: Shingles will heal on its own with/out treatment. Early treatment can result in faster healing/less swelling. 2-3 wks is the typical course of shingle attack without early treatment. Some may have persistent/prolonged postherpetic neuralgia (nerve pain), but swelling will pretty much always resolve completely. Sleep in recliner may lessen swelling a bit. Consult doc for treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do you get treatment for shingles or will they run a course?

Do you get treatment for shingles or will they run a course?

Yes: Antiviral medicines, such as acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir, to reduce the pain and the duration of shingles. Otc acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen, to help reduce pain during an attack of shingles. Sometimes capsiacin. Topical antibiotics, applied directly to the skin, to stop infection of the blisters. For severe cases of shingles, some doctors may have their patient (controversial). ...Read more

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

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. ...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