Yeah, I've had them, quite an interesting experience for me (as I was working medical at the time, and a lot of folks I'd worked with had never had it and would dismiss it just as chicken pox for adults).
I can't remember the name of the stuff I was put on, it was a mix of an anti-viral and something that reduces skin irritation, mixed with over the counter pain killers; but an old aunt recommended drinking a fair bit of water, then peeing in a clean bucket and soaking a clean cloth in the pee and then putting that over the area for a while (it has to be your own pee though). That latter bit is something I didn't try (but it does clear up chilblains and athletes foot).
Yeah, it was based on aciclover, and the GP wouldn't prescribe it, I only got it because I had to report infection to the Occupational Health and also one of my drinking buddies was the head doctor on the unit and he hooked me up with it.http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Shingles/Pages/Treatment.aspx
zovirax ( anti viral aciclovir ) is what I was prescribed and dont infect others use your own towel apparently...attacks the nerves had incredible pain in my leg and the sore bit was on the btm of my back just where my belt sat.
Good evening Don, how are you? I am on my 7th week with the shingles in the eye on the cornea. I had a week in hospital on IV steroids and IV Acyclovir, the eyes had completely swelled and closed up. I lost sight in one eye and couldn't put the cam up to take any photos because of light sensitivity and touch sensitivity. Now it's less of a problem as I have one good eye. I am on opiates, Amitryptiline and Pregabalin at night to block the pain. Forgive me, I did a search to see if anyone else has had it? The pain is worse at night. Kenya put a block on over the counter opiates and now they are classed as controlled drugs and can only be prescribed by the hospital. I am intolerant to Ibuprofen due to a gastric ulcer in February this year. I'd like to come off the opiates but they do help with the shingles pain. Then last week my front teeth fell out after 2 implants supporting a bridge snapped and the dentist says I need to have new implants, but for now that will have to wait until I am over the shingles. I feel as though I am gummy bear with a sore head. Thank you for 'listening'.I had it a few years ago. Mine was not too bad. I was given a huge horse pill anti-viral to take. I only took ibuprofen for any pain but it was not that bad in my case.
I am very sorry to hear your wife still gets the shingles despite having had the vaccine. Hopefully it will not return. My wife says I amMy wife has had the vaccine and still gets it, 3+ times now... I'm lucky so far...
Thank you for the feedback Roger which is most encouraging.I've had the shot too, and so far, so good.................. I think.
Thanks Don for asking, thank you very much. Even though I have it, I am no expert. The doctor here in Nairobi, asked if I had come into contact with anyone who had Chickenpox and I had. My nephew aged 16 had it for 2 weeks in Nairobi just before Christmas. It was all over him, in his eye and his throat.I thought shingles was normally a one off thing like chicken pox?
Mine was nothing in comparison. I only had it on my neck. The pain was not too bad at any point, I do not recall taking anything other than tylenol. I did take an anti-viral medication to try to minimize the outbreak. Doctor said it was not a cure but could slow it.If you don’t mind saying, how long was it before your pain cleared up after the Shingles rash disappeared?