How To Use Medicine For Herpes Zoster?

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I have had herpes zoster for about 4 days, I thought it was just normal itching and then I gave ointment 88, but the third day it was getting itchy and the fourth day today I just went to the dermatologist, the result I got herpes zoster. the doctor gave me drinking medicine, powder and ointment but I was confused, the doctor said the ointment was used if the bumps had broken and used salicyl powder as long as it hasn’t broken to relieve the itching, but I still feel itchy. did I hear wrong or is that how it is used? please explain, thank you

1 Answer:

Hi Yoonarin,


Herpes zoster is a disease caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (the virus that causes chickenpox). This disease is characterized by the appearance of a red skin rash that becomes fluid filled with fluid which then becomes scabs and generally resolves on its own. In addition to skin rashes, someone who has this disease can also experience other complaints such as fever, headache, fatigue and pain in the affected part.


Handling herpes zoster is done by giving antiviral drugs such as acyclovir and other drugs according to symptoms. Giving salicyl powder is indeed useful to help reduce itching and get rid of dead skin cells (keratolytic), however, in some conditions, complaints may persist or worsen despite treatment.


The use of salicyl powder itself is not recommended to be done on wounds because it can cause irritation. However, because your complaint persists, you should consult with the doctor who treats you to get further treatment according to your condition and complaints.


In addition to doctor's treatment, you can also do some of the following suggestions to help overcome your complaints:

Keep your body clean in general
Avoid wearing clothes that are too tight
Wear loose cotton clothing to prevent irritation
Don't touch the part of the body that you complain about

Here's an article related to your question:


Herpes Zoster


Hope it is useful,


dr. Budiono

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