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I am so sorry you are going through this right now. I'm sure it is very painful and constant. Glad that anti-virals and cortisone were given to you. Those are the first line medications that can be given and are supposed to be most helpful at the beginning of a Herpes Zoster outbreak especially if the outbreak is on the face which can be very serious since it is close to the eye. I hope you are over the worst of it and recover soon.

I am surprised Alison that at that young of an age, you got shingles not chicken pox. That means you had already had chicken pox, even unknowingly, since you get shingles from a second exposure.

This link has a bit more on treatment once Herpes Zoster occurs but treatment choices are pretty limited.



June 4, 2009 - 2:06pm


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