Patient Comments: Shingles - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your shingles?

Comment from: young one, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I'm 15 years old and my pediatrician had just diagnosed me with shingles. This is quite odd since I am so young. The burning sensation is very painful, but the doctor has just put me on that Zovirax I just took it right now so I don't know if it is working yet but hopefully it does. The thing that perplexes me is that my shingles looks nothing like the pictures I have seen. It is not really clustered and it looks more like spider bites than clusters of sores.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

I had shingles one and a half years ago and it lasted about a month. All the marks and itching sensations on the skin disappeared after the sixth week with the medications. Now, I think I have a possible mild reappearance of the disease. It started with the same tingling, itching redness sensation as before but without the tiny bumps. The doctors told me I could not have it twice and gave me some medication and a lotion for the itching. Today, two months later, I am still going crazy with the same itching, dry skin, and redness as when I had the disease on my face and arms, neck.

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Published: July 17

I felt the skin tenderness that indicates shingles and went to get an acupuncture treatment and continued this for five days. I developed two small rashes that are almost gone now, though I did have quite a bit of pain the first few days. Advil seems to control the pain. I also took a few Zovirax pills and I got a vitamin B12 shot. It's been a week and the shingles are almost healed. It's intensive treatment, but I think it was very effective.

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Published: July 16

I experienced shingles when I was 48. My neurologist prescribed Zovirax, Tegretol and Elavil, which made the pain more tolerable and allowed me to sleep. I had almost no rash. The pain lasted for about two months and sensitivity continued in the area for years.

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Published: July 10

I had shingles 10 months ago and without medication would still have pain. Lyrica and Vicodin have controlled my pain. The site is still pink and visible. I am allergic to all over the counter analgesics except Tylenol. My pain radiates from my back to my chest. I am a bilateral mastectomy and wonder if that is a risk factor. My cancer was 5 years ago and all tests show me to be cancer free.

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Published: July 03

I had shingles on my face and in my eye about six years ago. The best relief that I found was the after-tan lotion with aloe, vitamin "E" and (the most important ingredient) lidocaine!

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Published: June 17

I found that the Zovirax and Lyrica helped as I did not experience intense neurological pain. However it is over a year now and I still experience sensitivity in the area where the rash occurred. So much so that I have to change my style of clothing to ensure that there are no seams or heavy fabric pressing or rubbing against that area.

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Published: May 29

My shingles have started as a rash, with intense itching, but not the severe neurological pain yet, and hopefully never. Ice packs have helped me quiet the itching and produced relief. (This method has also helped with fire ant bites for me.) I also have found relief with Caladryl, when in situations where icing wasn't available.

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Comment from: vinzim, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 19

I'm 53 years old and have had a tingling, almost needle-like sensation for almost 8-9 weeks. Some days are better than others. I've had this before for the last 5 years or so. Usually it lasts from anywhere from 2 weeks to 8-9 weeks. This last time has been the longest. My pain is not limited to one side of my body or "dermatome". My doctors thinks that because the pain is bilateral (it can be virtually anywhere on my body, i.e., my face, arms, thighs,) it can't be shingles. Plus, I've never had an outbreak or rash but I certainly feel tingling, needle like pain that lasts for a few seconds and it feels that it could turn into a blister, but it just doesn't. I also usually have an accompanying symptom which is heat. It feels like my body (or parts) are being heated up from just inside my skin almost like how I feel when I sit in my car and turn on the heated seats. That would be fine if it were cold out or I lived in Wisconsin but I live here in the SF Bay area where the weather is usually mild. My immune system is not compromised and I am not gay but rather lead a very boring (monogamous) married life. Otherwise I 'm pretty darn healthy but this is driving me nuts- especially the lack of a definitive diagnosis.

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