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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

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


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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 (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

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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 (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

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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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Is there an over the counter medication I can use to help clear up the shingles's?

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

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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