There are no treatments to cure shingles. Rather, the goals of treatment include:

  • Shortening the length of the illness
  • Preventing shingles by using the shingles vaccine
  • Preventing complications, such as postherpetic neuralgia
  • Relieving/reducing pain and discomfort
  • Preventing the rash from becoming infected

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changes
Medications
Alternative and complementary therapies
Other treatments

At this time, there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of shingles.