Shingles facts, suggestions and information about Shingles prevention, treatment and symptom relief

Shingles is a painful condition, and a Shingles outbreak can occur to you at any time, if you've had chickenpox in the past. Learn more about this debilitating illness, what you can do to prevent a Shingles outbreak and treatments for easing the pain and discomfort of a Shingles outbreak.

Shingles Treatment

A Shingles outbreak can be a painful and debilitating experience that can persist for weeks. Even after receiving the Shingles vaccine, you are still at risk for having a Shingles outbreak if you have ever had chickenpox or received the chickenpox vaccine. Eventhough we known that Shingles is caused by re-activation of the VZV virus that causes chickenpox, there is no single drug that is 100% effective in halting Shingles outbreaks in all patients. But fortunately, a wide range of medications are available for treating the painful symptoms of a Shingles outbreak, so patients and their medical practitioner can choose the drug that best suits the patient's needs and the characteristics of their Shingles outbreak. Medical treatments for Shingles outbreaks fall into 2 main categories:
  • Palliative Remedies: These are drugs specifically designed to relieve the pain and discomfort of Shingles symptoms, without actually attacking the cause of these Shingles symptoms or reducing their duration.
  • Antiviral Drugs: These are drugs that ease Shingles symptoms and reduce the duration of the outbreak. Antiviral drugs do not destroy the target virus, but instead just inhibit the virus' development.

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