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Stop shingles in its tracks

Hasso, Yasmine
Published in Journal of Family Practice. 2009, vol. 58, no. 10, p. 531-534
Abstract Initiate antiviral treatment as soon as possible; rapid resolution of acute pain and reduction in the development of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) are most likely when therapy is started within 72 hours of the outbreak. Discuss herpes zoster (HZ) vaccination with healthy patients 60 years of age and older during their first office visit; the vaccine markedly reduces the incidence of HZ and PHN. Do not prescribe tricyclic antidepressants or corticosteroids in the acute phase of HZ.
Keywords AgedAnalgesics/therapeutic useAntiviral Agents/therapeutic useDrug Therapy, CombinationHerpes Zoster/*drug therapy/prevention & control*Herpes Zoster VaccineHumansMiddle AgedNeuralgia, Postherpetic/*prevention & controlPractice Guidelines as Topic
PMID: 19874731
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LANG, Pierre Olivier, HASSO, Yasmine, MICHEL, Jean-Pierre. Stop shingles in its tracks. In: Journal of Family Practice, 2009, vol. 58, n° 10, p. 531-534. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:19551

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