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      Category : Health Centers > Brain and Nervous System


Alternate Names : Herpes Zoster, Varicella Zoster

Shingles | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the infection?

Acyclovir, valacyclovir or famciclovir can be used to treat shingles. Drugs for pain may also be needed. Eye infection usually requires the use of special eye drops to reduce inflammation.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Headaches and nausea may occur with the drugs used to treat shingles. These are usually taken as pills. People with severe infections may need acyclovir injected directly into the veins, which may cause kidney problems. Drugs for pain may cause stomach upset, allergic reactions or sleepiness. Exact side effects depend on the drug used. Eye drops can cause irritation and allergic reactions in the eyes.

What happens after treatment for the infection?

In most cases, the shingles go away and people can return to normal activities. Pain may remain at the site of the healed blisters. Drugs for pain may be needed. People with eye infection may require long-term eye care from an eye doctor.

How is the infection monitored?

Most cases are monitored by the affected person at home. In severe infections, a person may need to be monitored in the hospital. Further monitoring in this setting would depend on the areas of the body that are affected by the infection. Those with eye infections usually need repeated eye examinations until the infection resolves.

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Author: Danielle Zerr, MD
Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
Date Reviewed: 05/04/01

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