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Symptoms

  • tingling
  • burning
  • itching
  • fatigue
  • sensitivity to light
  • headache

Ongoing pain after shingles that lasts for more than 3 months is called post-herpetic neuralgia.

Treatment

There is no cure for shingles, but antiviral medicine can help treat the condition.

  • Start the medicine within 3 days of a rash appearing.
  • If you are pregnant, check with your doctor first.

For pain relief, use paracetamol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.

Vaccination

Zostavax is your best protection against shingles.

  • Can be given to adults over 50.
  • People aged 70-79 receive the vaccine for free.
  • Only 1 dose is required.

Learn more about Zostavax on the National Immunisation Program Schedule.

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Last reviewed: December 2019


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