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Treatments for Shingles

Treatments for Shingles:

Treatment of the shingles starts with prevention. The best protection from getting or spreading the shingles is receiving the shingles vaccination (varicella zoster virus vaccine). The vaccine is generally given to adults over the age of 60 who have had chickenpox.

It is possible that a person who has had the varicella zoster virus vaccine may still get shingles, but the disease is generally far milder and the duration is shorter.

Preventing the spread of chickenpox, which leads to the develoment of shingles later in life, includes covering the mouth and nose with an elbow or a tissue when sneezing or coughing and washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. Avoiding contact with a person who has shingles and staying away from others when you have shingles is also key to preventing the spread of chickenpox.

There is no cure for the shingles. However, antiviral medications are often prescribed to reduce the severity and duration of the disease. The medications include acyclovir, valcyclovir, or famcyclovir. Antiviral medications can also reduce the risk of developing the complication of postherpetic neuralgia. Corticosteroids may also be prescribed to reduce the risk of developing postherpetic neuralgia.

Pain medications and an antidepressant drug may be prescribed to reduce pain.

Treatment List for Shingles

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Shingles includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

Alternative Treatments for Shingles

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Shingles may include:

Shingles: Is the Diagnosis Correct?

The first step in getting correct treatment is to get a correct diagnosis. Differential diagnosis list for Shingles may include:

Hidden causes of Shingles may be incorrectly diagnosed:

Shingles: Marketplace Products, Discounts & Offers

Products, offers and promotion categories available for Shingles:

Shingles: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Drugs and Medications used to treat Shingles:

Note:You must always seek professional medical advice about any prescription drug, OTC drug, medication, treatment or change in treatment plans.

Some of the different medications used in the treatment of Shingles include:

Hospital statistics for Shingles:

These medical statistics relate to hospitals, hospitalization and Shingles:

  • 0.027% (3,457) of hospital consultant episodes were for zoster (herpes zoster) in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 79% of hospital consultant episodes for zoster (herpes zoster) required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 41% of hospital consultant episodes for zoster (herpes zoster) were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 59% of hospital consultant episodes for zoster (herpes zoster) were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Hospitals & Medical Clinics: Shingles

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Medical news summaries about treatments for Shingles:

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Discussion of treatments for Shingles:

NINDS Shingles Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)

Treatment for shingles includes antiviral drugs, steroids, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and topical agents. The severity and duration of an attack of shingles can be significantly reduced by immediate treatment with the antiviral drugs acyclovir, valacyclovir or famcyclovir. These drugs may also help stave off the painful aftereffects of shingles known as postherpetic neuralgia. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Shingles Information Page: NINDS)

Pain -- Hope Through Research: NINDS (Excerpt)

One of the most vexing neurological disorders is shingles or herpes zoster, an infection that often causes agonizing pain resistant to treatment. Prompt treatment with antiviral agents is important to arrest the infection, which if prolonged can result in an associated condition known as postherpetic neuralgia. (Source: excerpt from Pain -- Hope Through Research: NINDS)

Skin Care and Aging -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

If you suspect you have shingles, see a doctor right away. The severity and duration of an attack of shingles can be reduced significantly by immediate treatment with antiviral drugs. These drugs also may help prevent the painful aftereffects of shingles known as postherpetic neuralgia. (Source: excerpt from Skin Care and Aging -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

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