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Can Shingles Be Prevented and Are There Treatment Options?


Antiviral medicines, such as acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir are believed to shorten the length and severity of the illness and are most effective when started as soon as possible after the rash appears. Pain medication may also help to relieve the pain caused by shingles.1 Itching associated with shingles, like with chickenpox, can be relieved by using wet compresses and anti-itch products like calamine lotion and colloidal oatmeal baths.2

IMPORTANT NOTE: NVIC encourages you to become fully informed about Shingles and the Shingles vaccine by reading all sections in the Table of Contents , which contain many links and resources such as the manufacturer product information inserts, and to speak with one or more trusted health care professionals before making a vaccination decision for yourself or your child. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice.

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References

1 WebMD. What Meds Treat and Prevent Shingles? Sep. 7, 2017

2 Medline Plus Shingles – aftercare. May 21, 2016


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