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Get Prompt Relief from Shingles.

Seek personalised advice on shingles treatment from our pharmacists.

What is Shingles?

Shingles, caused by the varicella-zoster virus, is a painful skin rash that typically appears in a band or stripe on one side of the face or body. It arises from the reactivation of the same virus that causes chickenpox, lying dormant in nerve cells.

What are the Signs of Shingles?

Learning the signs of shingles is crucial for early intervention.

Common indicators include:

Painful Rash

A distinctive, often painful rash typically appears on one side of the body.

Burning Sensation

Intense itching, tingling, or burning sensations often precede the rash.

Fluid-filled Blisters

The rash evolves into clusters of fluid-filled blisters.

Flu-like Symptoms

Fever, headache, and general fatigue may accompany the rash.

Sensitive to Touch

The affected area may be sensitive to touch or clothing.

What are the Symptoms of Shingles?

Understanding the symptoms of shingles is essential for comprehensive care.

Common symptoms include:

Localised Pain

Persistent, sharp, or stabbing pain in the affected area.


Intense itching is common, especially around the rash.


A persistent headache often accompanies the rash.


Generalised fatigue and weakness may be prevalent.


Mild to moderate fever is not uncommon during a shingles outbreak.

What Causes Shingles?

Shingles is a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus that causes chickenpox.

Contributing factors include:


Shingles is more common in individuals over 50.

Weakened Immune System

Conditions like HIV or certain medications can weaken the immune system.


High stress levels can trigger shingles in some individuals.

Cancer Treatment

Chemotherapy or radiation can increase the risk of shingles.

Understanding the underlying cause is vital for tailored treatment and prevention.

How is Shingles Treated?

Effectively managing shingles involves a multifaceted approach.

Consider the following treatment options:

Antiviral Medications

Prescription antiviral drugs can hasten the healing of the rash and reduce pain.

Pain Medications

Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers can alleviate discomfort.

Topical Treatments

Creams or ointments may help soothe the rash and reduce itching.

Cool Compresses

Applying cool compresses can provide relief from itching and pain.


Adequate rest supports the body's natural healing process.

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How Can Pearl Chemist Group Help?

Our pharmacists play a crucial role in aiding the treatment of shingles. They can provide valuable assistance through the following:

Advice and Education

Our pharmacists offer personalised advice on managing shingles symptoms and identifying when further medical attention is necessary.

Over-the-Counter Medications

Our pharmacists recommend and supply appropriate over-the-counter medications, such as antiviral creams or pain relievers, to alleviate shingles discomfort.

Hydration and Lifestyle Advice

Guidance on staying hydrated, maintaining good skin hygiene, and suggesting lifestyle changes to promote healing and overall well-being.

Prescription Medication

When needed, our pharmacists can provide prescription medication, including antiviral drugs, to help manage severe or persistent shingles symptoms.

Referral if Necessary

If symptoms indicate a more serious condition or require specialised care, our pharmacists can refer patients to a general practitioner or healthcare specialist for further evaluation and treatment.

Overall, Pearl Chemist Group pharmacists contribute to the accessible and efficient management of shingles, providing expert advice and recommending suitable treatments to improve patient well-being.

Our branches are located across South London, including, Banstead, Earlsfield, Epsom, London, Merton, Morden, Streatham, Tolworth, Tooting, Wandsworth, and Wimbledon.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

A: Yes, shingles can be contagious, but only to individuals who have not had chickenpox before or have not been vaccinated against it. Direct contact with the fluid from shingles blisters can spread the varicella-zoster virus and cause chickenpox in susceptible individuals.

A: The duration of shingles varies from person to person. In most cases, the rash and associated symptoms can last between 2 to 4 weeks. However, some individuals may experience lingering pain, known as postherpetic neuralgia, for months or even years after the rash has healed.

A: While rare, it is possible to have shingles more than once. Having shingles once does not guarantee immunity from future outbreaks, as the varicella-zoster virus can remain dormant in the body and reactivate later in life.

A: Shingles can occur at any age, but it is more common in older adults, typically those aged 50 years and older. As age increases, the risk of developing shingles also increases, particularly due to age-related decline in immune function.

A: Yes, stress can be a contributing factor to the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus and subsequent shingles outbreaks. Managing stress through relaxation techniques, regular exercise, and healthy lifestyle habits may help reduce the risk of shingles recurrence.