Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Treatment
Treatment will focus on relieving the rash, swelling and pain of shingles. It may include:
- oral medicine called an antiviral. You should take this immediately after you notice symptoms. Antivirals can shorten the length and severity of a shingles rash.
- placing cool, moist compresses over your closed eyes for relief
- taking certain medicines to help reduce redness, relieve pain, and treat the virus
- using eye drops to fight infection or moisten your eyes
If shingles has caused glaucoma, cataracts, double vision or eye scarring, other treatments are necessary. Your ophthalmologist will discuss surgery or other types of medicine if they are recommended.
The Shingles Vaccine
A shingles vaccine called Shingrix is recommended for people 50 years and older. This vaccine lowers their risk of getting painful shingles. But the shingles vaccine does not treat active shingles or pain that has developed after the rash is gone. Talk with your doctor about this vaccine and if it is recommended for you.