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I have shingles LHS of face.My speech has become slurred

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I have shingles LHS of face.My speech has become slurred after 2 weeks.I am having treatment from my GP but he is away until next Tue.Any commmments,can I wait until my Doctor returns.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.

This is Dr. David

I am sorry you have shingles on your left hand side of your face. shingles can be very painful.

you need antiviral therapy like acyclovir pills and acyclovir creams to help calm down your singles infection and help reduce the length of infection

if you have pain on your face and skin, you will benefit from lidocaine ointment or lidocaine patches for your face.

you should wash your hands before touching your face.

after your shingles is better, you should get a shingles vaccine

let me know if you have questions.

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.


I disagree

Slurred speech needs immediate evaluation.

This can be infection of the brain, stroke, etc.

It is NOT something to just wait out.

I am a double board certified US doctor and will always give you correct answers.

Find me as needed.

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