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I have a (mild case) of shingles around the waist and back

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I have a (mild case) of shingles around the waist and back -in the 10th (and final day) day of taking acyclovir. The rash is receding - pain persists. First case was 40 years ago - much more painful
I am 75 and fear PHN since it essentially killed my father
Is there any drug I can take to reduce the possibility of getting PHN
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 11 months ago.

This is Dr. David

you want to boost your immune system by getting more sleep and eating more fruits and vegetables and drinking more water

drinking alcohol can suppress your immune system as well as smoking

if you do get post herpetic neuralgia, there are medications which can treat this such as gabapentin (neurontin) or pregabalin (lyrica)

also lidocaine transdermal 5% patches can help numb the area and decrease pain

ask your doctor about getting a Shingles vaccine which you an get after this flare up

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Expert:  Dr. David replied 11 months ago.

do you have other questions?