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How do I soothe the pain from shingles?

How do I soothe the 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


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What are some good ways to help alleviate the pain from shingles?

What are some good ways to help alleviate the pain from shingles?

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

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L have pain from shingles for 18 months . Please what can l do to get out of the pain or ease lt.?

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 more

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Any good ways to sooth the pain from shingles on the chest?

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

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What's recommended as a cure for pain from shingles outbreak?

What's recommended as a cure for pain from shingles outbreak?

Shingles: See your doctor. There are several excellent medications for shingles pain. I usually use Gralise and lidoderm. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have pain from shingles after the rash appears? How can it be alleviated?

Pain: After shingles is difficult to treat. In older individuals it may last long after the rash is gone. Treatment involves use of numbing cream patches, anti-seizure (nerve) medications and nerve blocks. Pain specialists are well equipped to handle this kind of pain. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

2-3 weeks: Shingles pain last a few weeks after the antiviral treatment. If it continues beyond a month, your doctor may think about an associated complication called Postherpatic neuralgia or PHN, for which other medication may need to be prescribed. ...Read more

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What can I do for pain from shingles in the eye?

Pain rx, antivirals: Antivirals can help diminish pain if used early in the acute phase (with the rash) but are not useful later. If the pain persists strongly after the rash is gone, pain specialists may be needed. ...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