Home Treatments for Shingles

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Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a painful skin condition that results from a reactivation of an infection with the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that is responsible for chickenpox. The virus is never fully cleared from the body after a bout with chickenpox, and it can reactivate to cause the nerve and skin inflammation characteristic of shingles often decades after the chickenpox.

Antiviral medications like acyclovir (Zovirax), valacyclovir (Valtrex), or famciclovir (Famvir) can reduce the severity and duration of the rash if started within 72 hours of the development of the skin rash, and pain medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), and naproxen (Aleve), and even narcotic pain-control medications may be useful in symptom control. In addition to medications, many people find that home care remedies can also provide relief for the pain of shingles.

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