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Treatments for Shingles

While there are no treatments to cure shingles, there are treatment goals, such as:

  • Shortening the length of the illness
  • Preventing complications, such as postherpetic neuralgia
  • Relieving pain and discomfort
  • Preventing the rash from becoming infected

Treatment involves:

Lifestyle changes Medications Alternative and complementary therapies Other treatments

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


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