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Patients over 50 with simple shingles should be offered topical idoxuridine or intravenous acyclovir to reduce the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia. For younger patients, specific treatment with high dose intravenous acyclovir is needed only for complications or in immunosuppressed patients.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Practitioner

Publication Date

22/03/1989

Volume

233

Pages

398 - 403

Keywords

Aged, Family Practice, Herpes Zoster, Humans, Middle Aged, Neuralgia