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Treatments for Shingles

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Condition InDepth

Treatments for Shingles

There is no cure for shingles, but it can be managed by:

  • Easing pain
  • Shortening the length of the illness
  • Lowering the risk of the rash getting infected
  • Preventing complications, such as postherpetic neuralgia

Treatment involves:

At this time, there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of shingles.


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  • James Cornell, MD
Last Updated:

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.