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Can I use topical benzocaine on shingles?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
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In brief: Best treatment is

Oral antiviral meds: shorten course of infection & help prevent nerve pain of untreated shingles.
Topical creams containing capsaicin may provide some relief from pain, but this hot-pepper derivative may "burn" or irritate the skin of some people (& should be used with caution to prevent getting in eyes). Topical preps with Benzocaine may help.

In brief: Best treatment is

Oral antiviral meds: shorten course of infection & help prevent nerve pain of untreated shingles.
Topical creams containing capsaicin may provide some relief from pain, but this hot-pepper derivative may "burn" or irritate the skin of some people (& should be used with caution to prevent getting in eyes). Topical preps with Benzocaine may help.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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