This is a brief account on the treatment of shingles. Shingles can affect people of all ages, not just the elderly. The primary goal in the treatment of shingles is the reduction of pain and avoidance of further complications. Those suffering from shingles experience painful eruptions of blister-like substances, which can be recurring without treatment. The best hope for shortening the duration of pain after shingles is early diagnosis and treatment with antiviral medications. Early diagnosis and treatment of shingles is very important for adults over 50. Early treatment of shingles is important, because the possible complications can be serious and resistant to treatment. Sometimes, early treatment may limit the duration of the shingles outbreak, but does not always guarantee a quick recovery. The risk of developing shingles is greater among individuals who have conditions or are undergoing medical treatments that weaken their immune systems. As soon as you are diagnosed with shingles, your health professional probably will begin treatment with antiviral medications. Doctors recommend antiviral drugs, steroids, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and topical agents to treat shingles. If you do get shingles, contact your health care provider as soon as possible to discuss treatment with antiviral medications. It is very important that anyone with low immunity receives treatment for shingles promptly. Patients whose immune systems are injured by chemotherapy, radiation, or other medical treatments are at higher risk of developing shingles.
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