Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. While there is no cure for shingles, antiviral medications can help to reduce the duration and severity of symptoms. Creams can also be used to alleviate the itching and pain associated with shingles.
The most commonly prescribed cream for shingles is a topical antiviral medication, such as acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir. These creams work by inhibiting the replication of the virus that causes shingles, which can reduce the duration and severity of symptoms.
In addition to antiviral creams, other topical medications such as lidocaine or capsaicin may also be used to relieve pain and itching associated with shingles.
It is important to consult with a healthcare professional before using any cream or medication to treat shingles, as they can recommend the most appropriate treatment based on the severity and location of the rash.