Antiviral medications are helpful if given within the first 72 h after the eruption begins. Antiviral therapy can shorten the time to healing, decrease new lesion formation, and possibly decrease the pain and duration of postherpetic neuralgia. Acyclovir (800 mg po five times per day for 7 days), famciclovir (500 mg po tid for 7 days), and valacyclovir (1 g po tid for seven days) are recommended outpatient regimens.

Symptomatic treatment includes Domeboro's solution compresses 1:40 dilution for 15 min qid followed by Polysporin ointment or Silvadene cream. Analgesics are often necessary as well.

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Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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