Shingles Cream Treatment

Herpes Zoster is the medical name for shingles, a virus which affects up to quarter of a million people each year. The cause of shingles comes from the herpes varicella-zoster virus which lays dormant in the sensory nervous system and is reactivated when the body becomes no longer immune, this is generally when the immune system is in a weakened state. When a person gets the shingles virus they will notice burning and tingling in the affected area followed by a rash along the route of the affected nerve, this can happen anywhere the body, mainly the ribs, chest, abdomen and face. As a way to control the symptoms, doctors may prescribe shingles cream treatment.

Types of cream for shingles

The majority of shingles treatment that is provided is in the form of tablet medication, either for painkilling or antiviral purposes. On occasions shingles cream treatment may be used to as a way to ease pain symptoms and control the virus through topical application.

Commonly prescribed creams for shingles include antiviral cream, a steroidal and antibiotic cream combination and an antipruritic cream which is an anti-itching agent. All three creams have excellent benefits and although they are not as strong acting as tablet medication, they do not come with any of the side effects.

Creams can also be used alongside other types of shingles treatments without causing any adverse effects.

Antiviral creams for shingles

Antiviral creams are prescribed by GP’s to help control the shingles virus. They do not have the potential to cure shingles but when applied to the rash topically, an antiviral cream can help to stop the virus from multiplying and reduce the severity of the rash; it is also beneficial for helping the speed up the recovery time. The use of an antiviral creams such as aciclovir or penciclovir are commonly prescribed to help cases of facial shingles.

Capsaicin cream for shingles

The most commonly used shingles cream treatment is that of capsaicin cream and it is available both over-the counter and from a GP. Capsaicin cream is made up of a chilli pepper formula and can come in various strengths to help effectively manage the pain symptoms of shingles. The shingles virus causes infection in the nerve endings, this is what causes much of the pain and can often result in a complication after the rash has gone which is known as postherpetic neuralgia. Capsaicin cream is able to ease the pain by dulling the senses in the nerve endings and can be applied as and when needed over prolonged periods.

Calamine lotion for shingles

Calamine cream and lotion is an over the counter shingles cream treatment that is helpful in soothing painful blisters and relieving the itching and irritation that is caused by the shingles rash. It can be applied to any type of skin and is suitable for adults and children alike. Many GP’s recommend the use of calamine lotion for use at home when the rash becomes itchy and it can be applied as and when required.




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