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 » Health Conditions & Diseases Skin Conditions

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 » Health Medications & Vitamins

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 » Health Conditions & Diseases
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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 » Health Conditions & Diseases Skin Conditions

According to WebMD, treatment for shingles commonly involves the use of antiviral medications, such as valacyclovir, famciclovir and acyclovir, to reduce the duration of the outbreak; over-the-counter medications, such a... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

Doctors often prescribe oral antiviral medications for the treatment of shingles, including valacyclovir, famciclovir and acyclovir, according to WebMD. These medications work to reduce the pain and duration of shingles ... More » Health Medications & Vitamins

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 » Health Pain & Symptoms