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Ongoing pain after shingles that lasts for more than 3 months is called post-herpetic neuralgia.
There is no cure for shingles, but antiviral medicine can help treat the condition.
- See your doctor for a prescription of antiviral medicines as soon as possible after symptoms develop.
- 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.
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