Patient Comments: Shingles - Treatment

What was the treatment for your shingles?

A Doctor's View on Shingles Treatment

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Antiviral medicines, including acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir, can lessen the severity and shorten the duration of a shingles outbreak if they are administered early on. Home remedies include taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and applying calamine lotion and cold compresses to the shingles rash. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: dawn, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I have been on famciclovir for over 12 months for herpes (shingles). If I miss taking tablets herpes returns. I feel sick after taking tablets.

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Comment from: bdb, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 26

I noticed the shingles rash on my lower face cheek after shaving. I shaved off 5 or 6 blisters. I started on Famvir 2 days later and cephalexin. The rash/virus got to the size of a quarter before it stopped. I believe with the medicines and massaging cortisone ointment into the rash 3 times a day stops the blistering/scabbing and promotes healing faster. Seven days later the swelling and blistering was gone but I am still left with a red mark on my face that slowly fades away in about 2 weeks.

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Comment from: Robin33048, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

About 5 years ago I had shingles appear on the right side of my face. My family doctor, who was also a family friend, prescribed 15 Valtrex a day for me. He was afraid I was going to lose my sight. The pain was like a blow torch to my face, but the aggressive treatment stopped the blisters right away. I used triple antibiotic cream on the blisters for months and it numbed the horrible pain!

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Comment from: clay, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 20

I have suffered with shingles at least once a month for the last 45 years. After trying every doctor's advice, I came up with the only thing that helps; to apply Blistex ointment and cover with a large bandage (to prevent irritation). it really helps with the pain and they clear up in about 4 days.

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Comment from: cheryl, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 19

I fell backward on the front porch on Monday, immediately my back and left rib pain ensued. Ibuprofen 600mg at mealtimes did not help. On Wednesday I went to the family doctor where x-rays were taken and Norco given. Thursday night pain worsened, with it starting at waistband center back and circled to umbilicus. By Sunday I went to the emergency room as I was now showing signs of the lesions. I had had herpes zoster in 1990, space of involvement and pain were much less. Today I went again to the primary care physician for change of medications: prednisone, acyclovir and nortriptyline were given. Hopefully tonight I will get some pain free sleep.

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Comment from: jamieE, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 17

I got shingles on my right side, it hurts so much, and medicines are not really helping. I do get relief from applying Vicks VapoRub on the area.

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Comment from: Linnea, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I have had shingles several times over the many years. I also was concerned very much at the time while pregnant with my first born. It developed on my back; large sensitive rash. I used cream to clear it up. My daughter was born healthy! Just relax as much as possible. My children were not harmed. It"s annoying, I am having another episode. It"s best to treat it immediately. Stress seems to trigger this monster.

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