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How is herpes zoster ophthalmicus treated?

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Because herpes is a virus, antibiotics such as penicillin won't work against it. The only drugs that will work against herpes infections are antiviral medications. It's important to keep using the medicine as long as your doctor recommends. Even though your eye might start to look or feel better, the infection could come back if you stop taking your medicine too soon.

From: Herpes and the Eye WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

UpToDate: "Treatment of herpes zoster in the immunocompetent host."'

Langston D. July 2014. Digital Journal of Ophthalmology.

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: "Herpes Eye Disease."

 

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 30, 2018

SOURCES:

UpToDate: "Treatment of herpes zoster in the immunocompetent host."'

Langston D. July 2014. Digital Journal of Ophthalmology.

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: "Herpes Eye Disease."

 

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 30, 2018

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