While there are no treatments to cure shingles, there are treatment goals, such as:
- Shortening the length of the illness
Preventing shingles by using the
- Preventing complications, such as post-herpetic neuralgia
- Relieving pain and discomfort
- Preventing the rash from becoming infected
At this time, there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of shingles.
Shingles. Family Doctor.org website. Available at:
http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/shingles.html. Updated January 2011. Accessed September 7, 2012.
Shingles (herpes zoster). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at:
http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/overview.html. Updated January 10, 2011. Accessed September 7, 2012.
Last reviewed September 2012 by Peter Lucas, MD
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