new debate about how to treat or prevent ACUTE shingles

There's new debate about how to treat or prevent ACUTE shingles.

The question is which therapies work best to promote healing...reduce pain...and lower the risk of postherpetic neuralgia.

Oral antivirals (famciclovir, etc) help speed healing and therefore reduce acute pain. Start them as soon as possible...preferably within 72 hours of the rash's onset.

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