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Can antibiotics treat shingles?

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Dr. Brandon Zabukovic
Family Medicine
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In brief: No

Shingles is medical condition caused be reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox (varicella).
Antibiotics (used to treat bacterial infections) are not routinely used, unless the treating physician believes that a bacteria such as strep or staph has infected the skin involved with the shingles. Antivirals, however, are useful for the treatment of shingles.

In brief: No

Shingles is medical condition caused be reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox (varicella).
Antibiotics (used to treat bacterial infections) are not routinely used, unless the treating physician believes that a bacteria such as strep or staph has infected the skin involved with the shingles. Antivirals, however, are useful for the treatment of shingles.
Dr. Brandon Zabukovic
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine

In brief: No

Shingles is caused by a virus, not a bacteria, so antibiotics will not work on it.
An antiviral medication may be used however. Sometimes, antibiotics are prescribed if the skin lesions get infected because then skin bacteria may cause a secondary infection.

In brief: No

Shingles is caused by a virus, not a bacteria, so antibiotics will not work on it.
An antiviral medication may be used however. Sometimes, antibiotics are prescribed if the skin lesions get infected because then skin bacteria may cause a secondary infection.
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