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Does zostrix (capsaicin) work for shingles pain?

Does zostrix (capsaicin) work for shingles pain?

ZostrixThis: Yes - in fact we now have a 6% patch called Qutenza in the usa. ...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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Do you recommend zostrix (capsaicin) vaccination to ease shingles symptoms?

Do you recommend zostrix (capsaicin) vaccination to ease shingles symptoms?

You mean zostavax?: Zostrix (capsaicin) is a topical antipain medicine (capsacian). The zoster vaccine is recommended for individuals over 50 who have had chicken pox. I do rcommend it, but it isn't given for shingles symptoms but rather to prevent shingles outbreaks (or reactivation of chicken pox), remember it also is not a guarantee you won't get shingles ...Read more

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Is zostrix (capsaicin) cream good for neuralgia?

Is zostrix (capsaicin) cream good for neuralgia?

Rarely: If the problem is mild and localized you can try it. The chances of benefit are small. ...Read more

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Does zostrix (capsaicin) or other hot-pepper creams provide relief for tn?

Does zostrix (capsaicin) or other hot-pepper creams provide relief for tn?

Hot pepper chill out: Trigeminal nerve pain? Capsacain puts the hot in chili peppers and raises our pain threshold so things don't hurt as much. Some folks have reported relief. Worth a try. More common treatments are pills and procedures. Acupuncture may help. Talk with your doc for strategies that will work best for you. Hope you're feeling better. ...Read more

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What is the difference between aciclovir cream, zostrix (capsaicin)?

Different uses: Zostrix (capsaicin) is a cream that can be used to treat post-herpetic neuralgia-pain that last for 3 months after shingles has resolved. Acyclovir cream can be used to treat cold sores of the lips, but the pills are usually more effective. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between acyclovir cream and zostrix (capsaicin)?

What is the main difference between acyclovir cream and zostrix (capsaicin)?

Infection v. pain: Acyclovir cream is a cream containing an anti-herpes drug. It's sometimes used to treat cold sores, though it's less effective than oral anti-herpes drugs. Zostrix (capsaicin) (capsacin) is a cream made from the active ingredient of chili peppers. It can be used to treat localized pain caused by herpes zoster (shingles). It works by killing nerve endings so that you stop feeling the pain. ...Read more

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What topical cream or lotion is typically prescribed for shingles?

What topical cream or lotion is typically prescribed for shingles?

Several: You can use Lidoderm patches which contain a local anesthetic (lidocaine) or zostrix (capsaicin) cream which contains cayenne pepper extract. They work in totally different ways. The Lidoderm suppresses nerve activity. The zostrix (capsaicin) depletes substance p which is one of the neurochemicals that transmits pain. Neither should be used on the open sores. ...Read more

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I need to know about apply cream on my shingles, still itchy...

I need to know about apply cream on my shingles, still itchy...

Creams for itching.: You can try Hydrocortisone ointment over the counter or a menthol cream like sarna. If that doesn't work you can take benedryl pills at night before you sleep. ...Read more

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I have shingles do I have to put lotion cream after shower because I don't. thank you?

I have shingles do I have to put lotion cream after shower because I don't. thank you?

Prob doesn't matter: Has herpes zoster (shingles) been professionally diagnosed? Don't try to diagnose and treat yourself. Shingles can occur at age 25, but not very common. A lotion or cream might help rash feel better, but won't speed healing. You need antiviral drug by mouth (e.g. valacyclovir) and maybe a steroid to help prevent future nerve pain. Follow your doc's advice, or see a doctor soon if not yet done. ...Read more

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I'm 51 4th day of shingles finally getting cream should I get the shingle shot my, dr. Says no, a friend had same problem and got it why?

I'm 51 4th day of shingles finally getting cream should I get the shingle shot my, dr. Says no, a friend had same problem and got it why?

Maybe.: There is no better stimulant for your immune system than actually having a disease. The vaccine is not contraindicated. But the additional benefit of having a vaccination after the disease is not defined. I would probably wait about ten years. ...Read more

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Is acyclovir cream enough to treat shingles?

Shingles: Absolutely not. You need treatment that gets at the source: the nerves and the surrounding inflamed tissue. Pills. Aggressively. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a rash on my shoulder and wondered if this cream will help if it is shingles?

What to do if I have a rash on my shoulder and wondered if this cream will help if it is shingles?

No cure 4 shingles: There is no cure for shingles, but treatment with prescription for antiviral drugs can speed healing and reduce risk of complications, like postherpetic neuralgia. Gabapentin and local anesthetics are also very useful for pain relive. Talk to your PCP for more information. Take care. ...Read more

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I have shingles do I have to put lotion cream on my face after a shower because I don't.I had shingles know for 1 week and 2 days when I take a shower I don't put lotion cream on my face is it necessary to put lotion can I use pond cream or just stay the

I have shingles do I have to put lotion cream on my face after a shower because I don't.I had shingles know for 1 week and 2 days when I take a shower I don't put lotion cream on my face is it necessary to put lotion can I use pond cream or just stay the

Shingles rash: Shingles can be very painful and the rash can be quite blistery and raw. It is therefore advisable to take care of this damaged and inflammed skin. If it's been 9 days already, hopefully things are getting better. The point is to be careful to protect the skin so no further damage occurs and to prevent secondary bacterial infection (if the skin is already broken up and damaged). See MD if in doubt ...Read more

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Creams for shingles?

Compounding creams: There are some excellent creams for shingles out there. One of the best compounding pain medication ingredients is ketamine. Recent research suggests the receptors ketamine acts on are found in peripheral nerves. Ask your physician if they can prescribe compounding pain cream from a compounding pharmacy and this will help a great deal with shingles pain. ...Read more

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Can econazole nitrate (topical) 1% cream be used to treat shingles?

No.: No, for two reasons. Econazole is an anti-FUNGAL drug, while shingles is due to a VIRAL infection. Second, econazole works only where applied, on the surface of the skin. Shingles manifests in the skin, but the infection resides in the dorsal root ganglion near the spinal cord. Risk of shingles may be reduced with vaccination. It may be treated with some ant-viral drugs, such as valacyclovir. ...Read more

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Is sarna lotion a over the counter cream and is it known to be fairly effective for shingles itch?

Is sarna lotion a over the counter cream and is it known to be fairly effective for shingles itch?

Shingles itch: It can help but is most helpful for poison ivy. It will still help with the symptoms of the itch. You may also want to try acyclovir ointment on the areas. Good luck and feel better!
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Had shingles 6yrs ago. Now am having sores show up on both hands am using triamcinolone cream 0.1%. Keeps coming back.

I: I would wonder whether this is related to that. Perhaps it is eczema or psoriasis or dermatitis or another common dermatologic condition. Read more about eczema and psoriasis at the link below. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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My daughter has chicken pox I have already had them wen I was about 11. Can I get these again or the shingles if im round her or puttin cream on her?

My daughter has chicken pox I have already had them wen I was about 11. Can I get these again or the shingles if im round her or puttin cream on her?

Chicken pox: Are you sure? Children in the U.K. Are vaccinated now against chicken pox.

You cannot get them again and her infection cannot trigger shingles in you. To all those reading... There is a chicken pox vaccine for children! ...Read more

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Will clotrimazole and betamethasone dipropionate cream help treat shingles?

ItWillNotHelpWithAnt: Even though Betamethasone is sometime recommended as an anti inflammatory cream for rash. But Shingles when treated with Antiviral Drugs and studies have shown that corticosteroids like betamethasone along with an antiviral medicine does not help any more than just taking antiviral drugs ...Read more

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Hi docs, would clotrimazole, and betamethasone dipropionate cream help shingles?

No: None of those medications would be helpful in the resolution of shingles. Clotrimazole is an anti fungal cream and shingles is caused by a virus. The use of corticosteroids in shingles is also controversial because they are of little benefit and can increase risk of secondary bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Is there a cream I can put on shingles I'm talking valtrex have been on it for a week but still have alot of pain and it itches I tried hydrocortisone?

Is there a cream I can put on shingles I'm talking valtrex have been on it for a week but still have alot of pain and it itches I tried hydrocortisone?

Doxepin: Doxepin cream 5% by prescription. Small amount, rub in as often as need to control pain. Sometimes makes people sleepy if used in large amts. Standard course of valacyclovir is 1 gram [1 pill] 3 times a day for 7 days. Also try naproxen 500mg once or twice a day ...Read more

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Is it true that lidocaine prevents capsaicin cream from working?

Is it true that lidocaine prevents capsaicin cream from working?

No: Infact compounded combinations of those teo drugs are often used to treat post herpetic neuralgia. ...Read more

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How do you get capsaicin topical cream?

Capsaicin: Buy this from the drug store- its over the counter. ...Read more

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How does capsaicin cream help with chromhidrosis?

Capsaicin: Inhibition of substance P and CGRP a neurotransmitters that are important in the sweat production in apocrine glands and pain. There's been mixed results with Capsaicin. Ask your doctor about Botox injections. ...Read more

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What medicines and creams should I take for herpes zoster? Are there some solutions or creams to ease the pain? What else can I do to ease the pain?

Herpes zoster: Creams are totally useless despite the claims they make in advertizements. Valacyclovir is my go-to medicine for Herpes zoster. The dose is 1gram three times a day for the duration of the outbreak. If the outbreaks are occurring with increasing frequency. Prophylactic use of one gram a day can be instituted by your physician. ...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


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Zostrix (Definition)

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