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Relief From Shingles
Shingles : First of course is getting on the appropriate anti-viral medication to treat the underlying cause of the shingles. Then based upon the nerve pain or itch there are numerous pain medications and nerve pain or anti-inflammatory medications that your physician can discuss with you. ...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
Medication,accupunct: Shingles pain after the acute incident can transition into post-herpetic neuralgia. It is a very painful condition. Typical pain killers may help somewhat, but nerve calming meds may be. More effective. Lyrica, (pregabalin) Cymbalta are exmples. Acupuncture may also help. Topical application of Lidocaine is also an option. Treating it early and aggressively is best. You should see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The dr started me on gabapentin today, I've had shingles for 2 weeks now.How long before i can expect relief? The pain is unbearable.
Topical therapy: Most of the oral medications used to treat shingles pain are sedating. However, there are topical treatments (applied to skin) such as Lidocaine patches or gel, or capsacin cream (zostrix), a chili-derived substance that stings at first, but later deadens the nerve endings. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
An elderly friend recently had shingles-he took antivirals fo13 days as prescribed but still has bad pain- what's a natural pain relief regimen?
Shingles pain: This is called post herpetic neuralgia. The older the patient when they get shingles, the more likely they will get post herpetic neuralgia. The pain can be persistent and chronic. Over the counter medscape usually don't work. Zostrix (capsaicin) cream is an over the counter treatment. Prescription pain medication may be necessary, or seeing a pain specialist might be needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Have shingles no rash...unbearable..sharp stabbing pain taking anti fungal/600 gabapintin 4x day..tylonal / codene lidocaine/menthol gel...no relief?
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