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Shingles

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 8, 2006
  • 08:47 PM

What is the best treatment for shingles and how long do they last?:confused:

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  • You need to see a doctor or dermatologist and get on acyclovir ..it's really a drug for herpes but if you start it soon in the shingles outbreak it can stop it from getting worse. You can also get a script for the itching... that part is awful,too.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 12, 2006
    • 10:01 PM
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  • Thanks for the advice.....we are traveling in a motor home....so the emergency room gave me a precription for pain meds....with 3 refills. It will be a month before we get to our own doctor.....thanks again for the advice.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 13, 2006
    • 06:31 PM
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  • Sorry about this, but where do I click to post a message. Have just joined but can't find out where to post on this thread or any other .ThanksKooky
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 07:19 PM
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  • I know I'm probably late with my post, but still here it goes.There is usually only one outbreak of shingles in a lifetime. Shingles is a viral infection, so medications do not cure the disease. Antiviral drugs such as acyclovir, valtrex and famvir can help relieve the symptoms and shorten the duaration of shingles.Sometimes corticosteroid drugs are prescribed. NSAIDs may be helpful for pain relief.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 4, 2006
    • 01:41 PM
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  • I got shingles on the forehead... it was the size of a large coin and I originally throught it was an allergy of some sort. Dr diagnosed shingles and was prescribed Famvir. I was lucky as I didn't have a lot of the actual blistery rash BUT as it was on my face by dr really hammered into me about not scatching as shingles can spread to the eyes! Didn't last long in my case but when my hair his long on my forehead my skin gets irritated that's when I know it's time for a haircut...Neuralga is the condition to avoid when one gets shingles. Early diagnosis and treatment is vitalbye
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 11, 2006
    • 03:02 AM
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  • Hi, When I first got shingles, I thought is was a spider bite, because we had gone hiking in the Colo. mountains the previous weekend. I went to my doctor , after my sciatic nerve in my leg started to ache so bad, I could hardly step on the gas pedal to make the car go forward. She said I had shingles even though I was only 29. And gave me expensive medicine. After using this prescription, for about 3 months, which cost me over 500 dollars, and made me extremely sleepy, I decided to investigate.Lysine, (an amino acid) and vitamin C. Those were the two things I came up with in the alternative medicine book. And when I approached my doctor about the Lysine, she said quote" everyone knows about Lysine." unquote. SSSooo. I have been using it ever since, and havent had a breakout since the birth of my child, which prevented me from getting the ependeral, or whatever the pain shot is. The shingle was on my spine near the place they needed to give me the shot. Make sure though , the minute you notice symptoms , to take the lysine untill it goes completely away.(and vit C)May the Lord be with you
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  • hey guys..a few of you guys seem to be a bit confused as to what shingles is.Shingles is, in fact, the same virus that causes Chicken Pox. When you have had chicken pox, as a child, or an adult, after the symptoms have gone away, the virus then deactivates and sits in one of your nerve ganglia - which simply is just a bulbuous part of a nerve. You don't have to be old to get the shingles at all! Any immunocompromised individual can get it. When you're stressed, or run down, or your immune system is run down in away way, this chicken pox virus REACTIVATES, and only a certain part of the body is affected.Nerves supply specific areas of skin. Because the virus after your chicken pox went away resides in a particular nerve, it is only this particular part of skin that will have an outbreak of the shingles once the virus is reactivated. Chicken pox is a strain of the herpes family..hence what that other message board writer said before, this is why anti-viral drugs such as famvir and aciclovir, which are usually used to stop genital herpes, work great in cases with chicken pox and shingles also. such treatment is onlu recommended within 72 hours of the first outbreak of blisters, as after 72 hours, the anti-viral drugs will by inaffective.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2008
    • 06:54 AM
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  • Hi, When I first got shingles, I thought is was a spider bite, because we had gone hiking in the Colo. mountains the previous weekend. I went to my doctor , after my sciatic nerve in my leg started to ache so bad, I could hardly step on the gas pedal to make the car go forward. She said I had shingles even though I was only 29. And gave me expensive medicine. After using this prescription, for about 3 months, which cost me over 500 dollars, and made me extremely sleepy, I decided to investigate. Lysine, (an amino acid) and vitamin C. Those were the two things I came up with in the alternative medicine book. And when I approached my doctor about the Lysine, she said quote" everyone knows about Lysine." unquote. SSSooo. I have been using it ever since, and havent had a breakout since the birth of my child, which prevented me from getting the ependeral, or whatever the pain shot is. The shingle was on my spine near the place they needed to give me the shot. Make sure though , the minute you notice symptoms , to take the lysine untill it goes completely away.(and vit C) May the Lord be with you *Hi there* my name is Summer and im 22 yrs old and also have shingles but i have it on my face. I just wanted to ask how bad did yours get because mine is now on my eye lids, and with blisters but that havnt been oozing but they are itchy and hurt very badly.plz help!!!!shingles suxs:(
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  • *Hi there* my name is Summer and im 22 yrs old and also have shingles but i have it on my face. I just wanted to ask how bad did yours get because mine is now on my eye lids, and with blisters but that havnt been oozing but they are itchy and hurt very badly.plz help!!!!shingles suxs:(Get to a Dr. fast! The fact that it is in your eyelid requires that it needs to be attended to, as it could possibly cause damage to the eye.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 8, 2010
    • 06:11 PM
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  • A person with chickenpox is contagious from two days before the first rash appears until all the spots have crusted over (usually about 5-6 days after rash onset)http://www.shinglessymptomsguide.org/The first indication is feeling very sensitive in a band-like area of skin on one side of the body (trunk, head, face, neck or arm or thigh).See your doctor
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 16, 2010
    • 00:52 AM
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