Unformatted text preview: usually prescribed in pill form, in doses many times greater than those recommended for herpes simplex infections. Complications such as post-herpetic neuralgia may be reduced by prompt use of antiviral agents. People with mild to moderate pain can be treated with over-the-counter analgesics. Topical lotions containing calamine can be used on the rash or blisters and may be soothing. Occasionally, severe pain may require an opioid medication, such as codeine or morphine. Orally administered corticosteroids are frequently used in treatment of the infection to help reduce inflammation and pain in the acute phase. There is however a risk of immunosuppression causing a generalised spread of herpes zoster. Once the acute phase is resolved and the vesicles begin to blister corticosteroids should be stopped. Local anaesthetic blocks with Lidocaine may be used in some cases where pain is excruciating and causing distress....
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- Fall '10
- Anthropology, Chickenpox, herpes, Herpes zoster