Herpes Zoster Medicine
Herpes zoster is a very painful virus that causes uncomfortable
lesions and blisters on the person’s skin. The herpes zoster
virus attacks the central nervous system which is why the condition
can be so painful. Medicine is very important to helping treat
the herpes zoster virus and keep the person comfortable as the
lesions are healing.
What is Herpes Zoster Medicine?
Doctors use different medicines to treat herpes zoster virus
when it causes outbreaks of sores and blisters in patients. Antiviral
medications such as Valtrex and Zorivax can be helpful if used
within the first 3 days of the blisters forming or while new blisters
are being formed.
Corticosteroids are also used to treat herpes zoster. They are
often used in conjunction with antiviral medications.
Painkillers are also used in treatment of herpes zoster. Pain
can be very severe with shingles even after the blisters have
crusted and dried and the rash has disappeared.
How Does Medication Treat Shingles?
Herpes zoster medicine works in different ways. Antiviral medicine
works to prevent new sores from forming which is why early treatment
is helpful. The antiviral medicines do not help much once the
blisters have dried and crusted over. They attack the virus when
it becomes active and is producing shingles and they kill the
virus. This can shorten the time you have shingles and may aid
in preventing future occurrences. Once the rash is gone, antiviral
medicines should no longer be taken, even if there are still other
symptoms of the virus.
Steroids such as prednisone are sometimes used to help with pain
associated with shingles. Other methods of easing pain are nerve
blocks. Local anesthetic is injected into nerves in the area of
How Do Painkillers Help Shingles?
Since shingles can cause flu-like symptoms, painkillers can help
ease the discomfort of headache, fever or body aches. The biggest
way that painkillers help shingles is because of the painful blisters
and lesions that the virus causes on the skin. Also, because the
rash usually follows the path of a nerve, the skin around the
entire area will be very tender and sore.