Shingles (Herpes zoster) Treatment

There is no cure for shingles , but treatment may shorten the length of illness and prevent complications. Treatment options include:

  • Antiviral medications, sometimes in combination with corticosteroids , to reduce the pain and duration of shingles.
  • Pain medications, antidepressants, and topical creams to relieve long-term pain.

Doctors typically prescribe oral antiviral medication valacyclovir (Valtrex) to treat shingles — preferably beginning within 48 to 72 hours of the first sign of the shingles rash. Sometimes, antiviral medications are combined with corticosteroids to reduce swelling and pain.



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