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What kind of cremes can be used for shingles except calomine lotion?

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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management
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In brief: Need to see pain doc

There are some over the counter topical treatments like capsaicin, lidocaine, Benzocaine that can be helpful.
It is best that you see a pain specialist to go over more options. The more aggressively your shingles are treated the less likely you will wind up with postherpetic neuralgia - an often unrelenting, painful condition.

In brief: Need to see pain doc

There are some over the counter topical treatments like capsaicin, lidocaine, Benzocaine that can be helpful.
It is best that you see a pain specialist to go over more options. The more aggressively your shingles are treated the less likely you will wind up with postherpetic neuralgia - an often unrelenting, painful condition.
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine

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
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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