Herpes Zoster Treatment?

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, I’d like to ask. Previously, my family was taking methotrexate for the treatment of psoriasis. However, after treatment is complete, immediately exposed to shingles. Was the herpes related to the previously taken methotrexate drug? Then for the treatment of herpes, do you need antibiotics too? Because antibiotics are prescribed by the treating doctor. Thank you

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First of all, I want to thank you for asking questions on HealthReplies.com. I will try to help answer your question,

Methotrexate is a drug that is usually used to reduce cell growth in the body which in psoriasis is used to suppress skin cell production and reduce inflammation.

Based on your description, you say that after your family took methortrexate you developed herpes zoster. Until now, there have been several studies that have found that there is an increased incidence of herpes zoster after taking methotrexate in psoriasis and rheumatism patients, but there are still no studies that conclude with certainty that taking this drug can cause a significant incidence of herpes zoster. still in doubt.

Herpes zoster is a condition of varicella zoster virus infection of the skin where the main symptoms include,

1.     Pain or burning sensation on the skin

2.     A rash which then turns into a blister filled with fluid

Regarding the treatment of herpes zoster itself, there is actually nothing special. The goal of treatment in patients with herpes zoster is simply to reduce symptoms. In general, this condition will heal within 14 to 28 days. Doctors only give acyclovir which can only be given 3 days after the rash appears which is given for 10 days. In addition, if the patient has an infection on the skin affected by herpes zoster, the new doctor will give antibiotics to treat the infection.

You should make a return visit with the doctor who has given you methotrexate treatment and say that you currently have herpes and ask about further treatment. Doctors will usually conduct medical interviews, physical examinations and supporting examinations before giving treatment

Here are some tips for you,

1.      Make sure you take a shower and keep your skin clean

2.     Take a shower using warm water

3.     Hidanri makes the elastic on your body

4.     Wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid rubbing the rash

5.     Use a powder containing calamine to reduce itching

6.     Get enough rest

7.     Consumption of highly nutritious food

Here's an article that you can read,




So much information that we can convey, hopefully this information can be useful to overcome your complaint.


dr. Radhianie Djan, BmedSc

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