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Question DetailsAsked on 12/28/2011

how to treat shingles

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Let me start by stating that I am not a doctor, but I have had shingles in the past and I understand how very painful and annoying it is! What I say here is based on my own experience and what I was told by my own doctor the last time I had them; which was many years ago: Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox, and once it is in your body, it's there and can't be "cured", only controlled. Fortunately, there's an effective drug that you should ask your own doctor about. It's called Zovirax (acyclovir) and is available in generic form. Shingles is aggravated by a number of factors; among them are stress and UV exposure. If you're a sun-worshipper or tanning-bed user, you may want to reconsider these behaviors, as UV exposure aggravates shingles. Stress is also known to bring about outbreaks of shingles. Ask your doctor about other things that can trigger or exacerbate outbreaks, and try to avoid these when possible. He will tell you when to take the acyclovir, and in my experience it was always best to take it at the first sign of itching and irritation, before a full-blown outbreak; to mitigate the symptoms.


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