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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)

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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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 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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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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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