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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)
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
Variable time course: Hopefully your pcp started you on a medication like neurontin, Lyrica (pregabalin) or Cymbalta which actually work on decreasing the abnormal discharge of the damaged nerves. This medication should be gently adjusted upwards until it controls your pain. Then you will have to stay on this medication for a while to make sure it does not come back. Pain pills alone will not be very effective ...Read more
I woke up with a cramp in the middle of my spine and was diagnosed with shingles but the medications aren't helping, was I misdiagnosed?
Steroids, zovrax: Shingles is from activation of dorsal horn varicella zoster. To treat the patient needs rest and a course of an antiviral medication at the highest dose permitted by weight of patient. An oral dose of steroids, such as a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack for six days, will decrease inflammation. It is good to recommend an immunization for people 50 or older who had chicken pox to avoid the disability from shingles. ...Read more
Herpes and new info: There is no way to honestly or correctly answer this. But, one would assume the risk is lessened while on this medication, but it not more than 50% lessened. One is still at risk for getting infected, even on medication. Remember the new rules: every sexually active adult needs the herpes blood tests to know their status. One can be infected without knowing it because no sores occurred. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If your on medication for shingles can it dry your lips and face while trying to dry the shingles?
Please tell us your: specific medication and then we can advise of side effect profile. ...Read more
Calamine lotion: No medicine will clear up shingles. However you can try to put some soothing cream on the area to keep it from being uncomfortable. ...Read more