Patient Comments: Shingles - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your shingles?

A Doctor's View on Shingles Treatment

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Antiviral medicines, including acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir, can lessen the severity and shorten the duration of a shingles outbreak if they are administered early on. Home remedies include taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and applying calamine lotion and cold compresses to the shingles rash. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: Robin33048, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

About 5 years ago I had shingles appear on the right side of my face. My family doctor, who was also a family friend, prescribed 15 Valtrex a day for me. He was afraid I was going to lose my sight. The pain was like a blow torch to my face, but the aggressive treatment stopped the blisters right away. I used triple antibiotic cream on the blisters for months and it numbed the horrible pain!

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Comment from: clay, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 20

I have suffered with shingles at least once a month for the last 45 years. After trying every doctor's advice, I came up with the only thing that helps; to apply Blistex ointment and cover with a large bandage (to prevent irritation). it really helps with the pain and they clear up in about 4 days.

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Comment from: Tonyboy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 20

I used Betnovate cream, it worked well to help with the healing of the wounds caused by ruptured shingles. The pain killers like Lyrica overwhelmed me a bit as I felt weak and drowsy most of the time and caused me to slur a lot, It is still painful after a week and I don't know when I'll be fully recovered.

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Comment from: Taz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I began acyclovir once diagnosed. The pain was horrendous and oxycodone only made me nauseous. Tagamet was my godsend. Its usefulness for this pain was discovered accidentally. It was amazing how much my pain subsided after the second dose! My shingles was in the L2 dermatome, wouldn't wish this on anyone.

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Comment from: January, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 27

My friend got a really bad case of shingles. I went to the local health store and bought a bottle of Virux all viral capsules. My friend started feeling better after a few days and is going to take another bottle just to make sure the shingles go away. The product is good for all viruses.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

First outbreak in October when exposed to a friend w/ Shingles. Started taking Zovirax and 3 weeks later Gabapentin was added followed by Lexapro for the depression. I was already taking amitriptyline for insomnia. The next year I had a new breakout, neurologists started Cymbalta for the depression and pain which helped, but had to stop due to complications after 6 months. I've had breakouts occur when around others who have shingles and when I eat pork. I am still breaking out but currently only taking vitamins, L-Lysine and amitriptyline. I have constant stinging sensation in palms and bottom of feet. I experience extreme sensitivity to clothing, A/C, sitting, standing or clapping hands. Breakouts aren't as painful as the skin burning all over.

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Comment from: bradley, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 17

I am brad 27 of age, due to sports activity a shingles developed on my left legs, i went to the doctor and she gave me aciclovir 800 mg 3 tablets a day for seven days to heal my shingles and a hydroxyzine hel 25mg to relieve me from itch.Thats all i can share, i hope my shingles will be heal at the follwing days.

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Comment from: gjcv, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 06

I had a burning sensation on my skin last week. About three days later, I had three red bumps that broke out. A few days later, the bumps spread to the lower spine. I search the web for conditions based on my symptoms, and found out it was shingles. I also search for home remedies and learned apple cider was a good treatment. Apple cider vinegar has helped me tremendously, based on what I have heard about shingles pain. When I finally went to the doctor, he was shocked that I wasn't in pain. Everyone I talk to says I should be in pain. One friend says that I need to get a second opinion because it can't be shingles without pain. I am thankful for apple cider vinegar and no pain.

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