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What over the counter medications will help manage shingles?

Some over-the-counter medications are helpful with pain in general. These are acetaminophen (ex. Tylenol) and anti-inflammatory medications (ex. Advil, Aleve, ibuprofen, motrin). They do not specifically target shingles pain but they may be helpful. Some over-the-counter pain creams can also be helpful but it might hurt to put them on the shingles rash. The best thing is to see the doctor to ensure that shingles is really the cause of the problem and then to take medications that help speed up the resolution of the shingles and/or medications that help with nerve-related pain. Shingles is a condition where a virus (the chicken pox virus) attacks a specific nerve in the body.

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