Posted by: Keenan | 2009/07/07



My mother is recovering from the worst of her Shingles. The legions and boils have all come and gone and the scabs have begun falling off. The virus presented on the left side of her face, chest, neck, behind or head and quite aggressively on her ear (not in). All her medication is finished except her painkillers.
She is still experiencing some burning and sharp pain across that area. She was diagnosed around 14 days ago every early on.
She is an " immuno-compromised"  patient due to Sjogrens Syndrome, she takes prednisone for that. What can we get for her for a) her pain b) to reduce the risk of scarring on her sensitive skin and c) to help reduce the risk of any permanent nerve damage?

Thanks for your time and knowledge!

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Hallo Keenan
The bad news is that the pain can persist for months after such an attack although her predinsone may protect her to some extent. It sometimes help if they take antidepressants like Tryptanol because it is a nerve pain ( some antidepressants and antiepileptic drugs help for nerve based pain as it changes the pain pathway) and otherwise something like Tramadol or Dolorol Forte. There is not much you can do for the scarring except maybe try tissue oil. In future if she gets any signs of a recurrence please let her go onto antiviral medication within the first 24 hours!
Dr Bets

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