How Do You Treat Shingles?

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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 as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin, to reduce pain; and topical antibiotics to prevent blisters from becoming infected. Beginning medication within three days of developing shingles can reduce the likelihood of postherpetic neuralgia, a persistent, shingles-related pain that can last for years.