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How important is it to visit a doctor with an outbreak of shingles?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Prevent chronic pain

Shingles can in some cases lead to "post herpetic neuralgia" which is chronic pain at the site of shingles.
Antiviral treatment started within 72 hours of onset of symptoms can reduce the risk of post herpetic neuralgia.

In brief: Prevent chronic pain

Shingles can in some cases lead to "post herpetic neuralgia" which is chronic pain at the site of shingles.
Antiviral treatment started within 72 hours of onset of symptoms can reduce the risk of post herpetic neuralgia.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Dr. Shaym Puppala
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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management

In brief: Extremely important

Antivirals, like valtrex, (valacyclovir) need to be started within 72 hrs of shingle symptoms.
They can decrease the severity and duration of the rash. If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help.

In brief: Extremely important

Antivirals, like valtrex, (valacyclovir) need to be started within 72 hrs of shingle symptoms.
They can decrease the severity and duration of the rash. If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help.
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
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Dr. James Spencer
Dermatology

In brief: Very!

Medication can be given to shorten the duration of the outbreak and lessen the chance of post herpetic neuralgia (ongoing pain).

In brief: Very!

Medication can be given to shorten the duration of the outbreak and lessen the chance of post herpetic neuralgia (ongoing pain).
Dr. James Spencer
Dr. James Spencer
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