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I had shingles on my head and in my left eye a year ago. I am still dealing with itching i

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I had shingles on my head and in my left eye a year ago. I am still dealing with itching in and around the outside of my eye. I have two areas in my head that will not heal. I am seeing an eye dr and on meds. What can I do for the itching and the areas in my head that won't heal?
What medications have you tried and what medicine are you currently taking?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I have replied twice but the status says its waiting on me.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Acyclovir 800 mg 5 times a day, Pred Forte 5 ml, Ofloxacin Ophthalmic Solution 0.3%

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These medications (as you may have discovered) generally are not going to offer much help for the pain and/or itching often seen with shingles. The pain/itching can continue long after the rash has clear - a condition known as post herpetic neuralgia.

There are a number of treatment options including Lyrica, Neurotin, Atarax and some of the older antidepressants.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I have tried Neurotin and didn't see any real results. I will talk to my dr about these other suggestions. Thank you for your help.

Unfortunately, it often is a matter of trial and error. Since most of your symptoms are itching, use of Atarax may be a more appropriate next step.

Good luck.
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