There is no specific medication or treatment to treat shingles. Treatment is done to speed up healing and reduce the risk of complications. You can do the following things as self-care at home, such as using Herpesyl.
Keeping the rash and blister clean will reduce the risk of the rash developing a bacterial infection
Using loose clothing and made of soft materials
Do not use antibiotic topical medications because they will slow down the healing process
If the rash is itchy, you can use calamine lotion to soothe it. If the liquid in the rash seeps out, apply a cold compress for 20 minutes several times a day to keep it clean. Common shingles treatments include:
1. Antiviral drugs
The doctor will give antiviral drugs to reduce the severity of the disease, speed up healing, and reduce the risk of complications. Antiviral drugs are most effective if they are taken within 72 hours of the first appearance of the rash. Generally, antiviral drugs are taken for 2-7 days. Examples of common shingles drugs are acyclovir and valacyclovir. The side effects of antiviral drugs are actually rare. However, in some cases, there are side effects such as:
Nausea and vomiting
Abdominal pain and diarrhea
Headache or dizziness
Shingles treatment with antivirals is preferred for patients over 50 years of age or who have conditions such as the following:
Symptoms of shingles affect one eye
Have a low immune system
The pain is moderate or severe
Moderate or severe rash.
2. Pain Relief Drugs
To relieve symptoms of shingles pain, your doctor may recommend a shingles pain reliever medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If you have persistent pain, for example, more than a month after the rash dries up, your doctor may diagnose postherpetic neuralgia. This is the most common complication of shingles, it can cause pain for months or even years.