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Posted by: Nadine | 2008/06/10

Shingles

hi,

My boyfriend has shingles and has had it for bout almost 2 weeks, he is using some sort of quartazone cream. it seems to have stopped spreading it is under his left arm, bit on his chest and some on his back. the thing is he says it is burning alot, what can he use to stop the burning and iratation? and how long does it normally last?

Kind regards
Nadine

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Dear Nadine
the pain can persist for weeks. Try using Sloan's liniment on the area if the sores are healed. Otherwise he may need to get strong prescription pain killers from a doctor. Next time he gets this, let him please go to a doctor as soon as the rash appears, if you take antiviral within 24-48 hours you prevent recurrence and this severe pain.
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