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Is one course of shingles medication enough if i still not feeling better.?

Is one course of shingles medication enough if i still not feeling better.?

In what way?: Is the rash crusted over? Persistence of redness and swelling in the area could suggest a secondary bacterial infection. Persistence of pain may portend post-herpetic neuralgia. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Herpes zoster is also known as Shingles. Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more


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I have shingles. Taking medication for the pain. How long does pain last?

I have shingles. Taking medication for the pain. How long does pain last?

Variable time course: Hopefully your pcp started you on a medication like neurontin, Lyrica 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

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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?

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?

Maybe: Shingles is generally associated with a typical rash and is usually extremely painful with a burning type of pain. If you did not get the rash or the pain was more aching in nature, you may have a different diagnosis. ...Read more

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What medications treat shingles?

What medications treat shingles?

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 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

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If someone is on medication for shingles how much of a risk are they in catching herpes?

If someone is on medication for shingles how much of a risk are they in catching herpes?

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 more

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I have shingles. What are the chances of my 3yr old and 17.5mth old getting it? 17.5mth old had 18mth shot today early. I'm on antiviral medication

Depends on situation: Shingles is a re-activation of the chickenpox virus that hibernates in your nerve roots after you had it or the shot.For unknown reasons, it reactivates and causes the localized rash/pain. The blisters do contain virus, which could give your kids chickenpox. If they were vaccinated, that is unlikely. Covering the sores and hand washing prevents spread of the virus.The kids would not get shingles. ...Read more

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Can the virus shingles eventually go away without medication?

Can the virus shingles eventually go away without medication?

Shingles: Shingles can be treated with medications which will help decrease the length of time of the outbreak as well as decrease the symptoms associated with the outbreak. Remember though, that shingles is a reactivation of the chicken-pox virus, which lies dormant in your central nervous system. There is no known cure for shingles at this time. ...Read more

Shingles (Definition)

Clusters of vesicles ...Read more