Herpes zoster, or shingles, is treated with antiviral drugs, including acyclovir, valacyclovir and famciclovir, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They lessen pain and shorten the duration of th... More »

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The herpes zoster vaccine helps prevent patients from contracting shingles, a painful rash caused by the same virus as chickenpox, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Individuals who contracted c... More »

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The varicella-zoster virus is the viral agent that causes chickenpox and shingles, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Chickenpox is a contagious childhood disease that only rarely causes severe probl... More »

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As of March 2015, only a single dose of the herpes zoster, or shingles, vaccine is recommended, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, studies regarding the need and effectiveness of a shin... More »

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While the incidence rate of herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles, is 1 million cases annually in the United States, shingles is the underlying cause of death for only 96 Americans annually, according to the Centers ... More »

Initial treatment of shingles pain includes over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen combined with antiviral drugs, including valacyclovir, famciclovir or acyclovir, and topical antibiotic cre... More »

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The treatment for eye blisters caused by the herpes simplex virus includes the administration of antiviral drugs such as acyclovir, famciclovir and valacyclovir, according to WebMD. Conditions such as eye blisters caused... More »

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