While there are no treatments to cure shingles, there are treatment goals, such as:
- Shortening the length of the illness
- Preventing complications, such as post-herpetic neuralgia
- Relieving pain and discomfort
- Preventing the rash from becoming infected
At this time, there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of shingles.
Last reviewed May 2013 by Peter Lucas, MD; Michael Woods, MD
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