Frequently Asked Questions

17. What treatments are there for shingles?

You get shingles when the chickenpox virus reactivates in your nerve cells, which causes nerve damage. Antiviral medication weakens the virus and may reduce the severity of the nerve damage. At the early stage of shingles, a healthcare provider will usually prescribe antiviral pills along with painkillers.

Sometimes the pain continues after the sores have healed. This persistent pain may be treated with an anti-seizure drug called gabapentin, pain-numbing patches, and tricyclic antidepressants.