Treatments for Shingles
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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:
At this time, there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of shingles.
The American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: http://www.aad.org/default.htm . Accessed February 21, 2006.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/ . Accessed February 21, 2006.
Stankus SJ, Dlugopolski M, Packer D. Management of herpes zoster (shingles) and postherpetic neuralgia. Am Fam Physician . 2000;61(8). Available at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000415/2437.html.
Tyring SK. Management of herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia. J Am Acad Dermatol . 2007 Dec;57(6 Suppl):S136-42. Review.
Last reviewed November 2008 by ]]>Ross Zeltser, MD, FAAD]]>
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