Shingles is an infection caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. People who have had chickenpox are at risk of developing shingles when they are older. A shingles virus can cause a painful rash on one side of the body, accompanied by flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, headache and fatigue. The rash typically starts with a few red bumps and turns into a cluster of blisters.
Thankfully, there are several medications available to treat the symptoms of shingles. These include:
- Antiviral drugs: These drugs can help reduce the pain and severity of the rash. Examples include acyclovir, famciclovir, and valacyclovir.
- Pain medications: These medications are used to reduce the pain associated with shingles. Examples include over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol and ibuprofen, and prescription narcotics.
- Anti-inflammatory medications: These medications can help reduce inflammation, which can help reduce the severity of the rash. Examples include prednisone and hydrocortisone.
Shingles can be a painful and uncomfortable condition. However, there are several medications available to help treat the symptoms. It is important to speak to your doctor before taking any medication for shingles. They will be able to assess what type of medication is best for you and offer any helpful advice.