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Pain From Shingles
Yes.: Zostrix (capsaicin) is a nonprescription cream for shingles pain, but be aware that it may make pain worse before decreasing it. If you're not allergic to aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen, you can try one of those. Your doctor can prescribe stronger pain meds or other drugs like Gabapentin or amitriptyline. ...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
Shingles Pain: There is a nerve pain pill called Gabapentin that has become a common drug to treat shingles pain. Other anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen or aleve are also commonly used. Some people also get relief from the anti-histamines: claritin, zyrtec, or Allegra if not benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more
L have pain from shingles for 18 months . Please what can l do to get out of the pain or ease lt.?
Polypharmacy!: Post herpetic neuralgia, the pain from the damaged nerves that were injured during the zoster (shingles) infection, is one of the hardest pains to deal with. Topical ointments are usually not well tolerated. Oral medications, especially the anti-seizure class, are useful but frequently more than one need to used at the same time to get results. Narcotics are helpful at times. Spinal cord stim ? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Shingles Pain: Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a viral infection of a nerve caused by the varizella zoster virus. It is most common in people over 60 years of age. Most people have little or no pain, that lasts only a few weeks. Some people, mostly over 65, can have severe pain, that is unbearable. For minor pain, take Aspirin or motrin, use capsaicin cream and apply heat or cold, which ever feels better. ...Read more
Should i still be in pain from shingles after weeks fron onset?Dr saya ram hunt with past herrpatic aneuralgia.What neds should I be taknig?
Consider topicals: Post herpetic nerualgia can be quite painful. Tricyclic antidepressants (desipramine, amitriptyline) work for most, but be patient, as may take 3 to 4 weeks to take full effect. Can take rx strength nsaids meanwhile +/- an opioid if & when excruciating pain. Anticonvulsants such as gabapentin, pregabalin, and Depakote are also effective. Topical remedies may be too tricky to use on the face. ...Read more
Does nerve pain from shingles usually take longer than a week to go away? My condition seems to be improving but random nerve pain is still at a 8.5/9
Can take longer: You may wish to consult to a pain specialist, since interruption of the pain cycle may help the healing process move along better. ...Read more
How long should I expect pain from shingles to last after finishing antivirals? I believe my rash was mild. How long should I wait to see my Dr?
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