my dad is 86. I worry about him taking a steroid for the rest of his life.
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Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is caused by the varicella zoster virus. It is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Most people become infected with this virus as children. However, the body never completely gets rid of it, and the virus remains inactive in certain nerve cells in the body. Later in life, often triggered by stress or illness, the virus can become active again, causing shingles.
Treatment for Shingles in the Eye
Topical Creams and Ointments: Topical creams that include acyclovir and antibiotic combination are prescribed for application on the rashes. Topical eye drops are also very helpful in the treatment of shingles in the eye.
Oral Antiviral Treatment: This works best as the treatment for shingles in the eye and should be administered within 72 hours from the onset of the symptoms. It also cuts down the risk of developing post herpetic neuralgia.
Analgesics may be required to control and eliminate the pain associated with shingles in the eye. Getting vaccinated for chicken pox is a good way of preventing shingles in the eye.
Do not ignore any symptoms associated with shingles in the eye as it is a serious eye problem and can lead to serious complications if ignored. Get it treated and follow an eye care regimen, to avoid a host of ocular complications that can be caused as a result of delayed treatment of shingles in the eye.
I hope your father gets well soon, and also the information provided helps.
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