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How is shingles treated when it comes back?

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As with a first case of shingles, antiviral medicines can help ease a second case and hold off pain. These include:

To relieve itching, try:

If you have pain, your doctor may suggest gabapentin (an anti-seizure medicine) or a rub-on cream or lotion. Antidepressants can also help pain. Steroids are sometimes used to treat shingles.

  • Acyclovir
  • Valacyclovir
  • Famciclovir
  • Oatmeal baths
  • Wet compresses
  • Calamine lotion

From: Will My Shingles Come Back? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Shingles (Herpes Zoster)" and "Shingles Vaccine: What You Need to Know."

FDA: "Zostavax (Herpes Zoster Vaccine) Questions and Answers."

Harvard Health Publications: "The shingles vaccine."

National Shingles Foundation: "Shingles and PHN: Your Questions Answered."

New England Journal of Medicine : "Herpes Zoster."

NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Shingles Information Page."

NIH News in Health: "The Sting of Shingles."

Tseng, H. , June 4, 2012. Journal of Infectious Diseases

Up to Date: "Clinical manifestations of varicella-zoster virus infection: Herpes zoster."

Yawn, B. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, February 2011.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Shingles (Herpes Zoster)" and "Shingles Vaccine: What You Need to Know."

FDA: "Zostavax (Herpes Zoster Vaccine) Questions and Answers."

Harvard Health Publications: "The shingles vaccine."

National Shingles Foundation: "Shingles and PHN: Your Questions Answered."

New England Journal of Medicine : "Herpes Zoster."

NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Shingles Information Page."

NIH News in Health: "The Sting of Shingles."

Tseng, H. , June 4, 2012. Journal of Infectious Diseases

Up to Date: "Clinical manifestations of varicella-zoster virus infection: Herpes zoster."

Yawn, B. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, February 2011.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2018

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