How is shingles treated?

Because shingles starts in the nerves, it is difficult to completely take the pain away with medication. For most people, the pain and rash decrease and go away within three to five weeks. There is a condition called postherpetic neuralgia, where the pain continues after the rash is gone. If you are still having pain and the rash is not cleared, you need to make a follow-up appointment with your physician. It is possible there is a deeper condition occurring or that different medications need to be tried for the pain.

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