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Over-the-Counter Treatment for Shingles


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Over-the-Counter Treatment for ShinglesShingles (herpes zoster) is a skin condition caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chicken pox. Symptoms include pain, burning or tingling, followed by blisters or a rash. Over-the-counter treatments focus on pain relief. Wet compresses with aluminum acetate solution, applied for 20 minutes several times a day, can soothe and clean the blistered areas. Capsaicin creams (such as Zostrix) provide pain relief for about 75% of people who still have pain after the blisters disappear. You typically need to apply the capsaicin cream three to five times a day for up to four weeks before you see the full benefits. Over-the-counter pain medicines like ibuprofen and acetaminophen can also help relieve the pain. In some cases, stronger prescription medications are necessary.

Sources: Habif, T. Clinical Dermatology., Mosby-Year Book Inc., 1996. Mandel, G.L. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. Churchill Livingstone, 1995.The Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Edition. Merck & Co., 1997.Micromedex Healthcare Series. Micromedex Inc., 1999.Wallace, M.S. "Acute Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia," Anesthesiology Clinics of North America 15 (1997).This answer prepared 5/17/00.

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