• Treatments for Shingles

    While there are no treatments to cure shingles, there are treatment goals, such as:
    • Shortening the length of the illness
    • Preventing shingles by using the shingles vaccine
    • Preventing complications, such as post-herpetic neuralgia
    • Relieving pain and discomfort
    • Preventing the rash from becoming infected
    Treatment involves:
    Lifestyle changesMedicationsAlternative and complementary therapiesOther treatments
    At this time, there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of shingles.

    References

    Shingles. Family Doctor.org website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/shingles.html . Updated January 2011. Accessed September 7, 2012.

    Shingles (herpes zoster). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/overview.html . Updated January 10, 2011. Accessed September 7, 2012.

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