If your skin becomes infected, ask your doctor about prescription antibiotic creams or ointments.
Using medicines as prescribed to treat shingles or
postherpetic neuralgia, which is pain that lasts for
at least 30 days after the shingles rash heals.
nonprescription pain medicines, such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen,
to help reduce pain during an attack of shingles or pain caused by postherpetic
neuralgia. If you are already taking a prescription pain medicine, talk with your doctor before using any over-the-counter pain medicine. Some prescription pain medicines have acetaminophen (Tylenol), and getting too much acetaminophen can be harmful.
If home treatment doesn't help with pain, talk with your doctor. Getting your pain under control right away may prevent nerve damage that may cause pain that lasts for months or years.