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How can you get relief from shingles?

How can you get 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


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How can I get some relief from shingles pain?

How can I get some relief from shingles pain?

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 more

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Any tips on pain relief for shingles/herpes zoster?

Zoster pain: 1. Anti-virals- decrease length of symptoms 2. Anti-inflammatories 3. Neuropathic pain meds: gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) tcas... 4. Traditional pain meds 5. Epidural steroid injections hang in there! ...Read more

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What do doctors think is the top pain relief for shingles?

Lyrica (pregabalin): Many meds are available , i like lyrics , and if possible to wear a Lidocaine patch at the site .If pain persisted an injection by a pain dr could be considered. ...Read more

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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.

Gabapentin: Gabapentin is an anti-seizure medication. It is commonly used for shingle pain. It is usually started at a lower dose, then titrated to higher dose. It takes several weeks to get up to the effective dose. ...Read more

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What pain relief is available for shingles that doesn't involve sleepiness?

What pain relief is available for shingles that doesn't involve sleepiness?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Can young adults (early 20's) be diagnosed with shingles?

Yes but rare: Depending on the severity of the shingles (zoster) and risk factors, your doctor may decide to investigate for underlying systemic conditions associated with an immunocomprised state. ...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