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While there are no treatments to cure shingles, there are treatment goals, such as:

  • Shortening the length of the illness
  • Preventing complications, such as postherpetic neuralgia
  • Relieving pain and discomfort
  • Preventing the rash from becoming infected

Treatment involves:

Lifestyle changes
Alternative and complementary therapies
Other treatments

At this time, there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of shingles.


Herpes zoster. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: Updated September 19, 2016. Accessed October 6, 2016.

NINDS shingles information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: Updated January 10, 2013. Accessed May 30, 2013.

Shingles. The American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: Accessed May 30, 2013.

Shingles (herpes zoster). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: Updated January 10, 2011. Accessed May 30, 2013.

Stankus SJ, Dlugopolski M, et al. Management of herpes zoster (shingles) and postherpetic neuralgia. Am Fam Physician. 2000;61(8). Available at: Accessed May 30, 2013.

Last reviewed June 2016 by James Cornell, MD

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