Severe Headache During Shingles Treatment?
Hello, I want to ask, I have been to the doctor spkk and according to the doctor, I have been exposed to the herpes zooster virus, I have been exposed to this virus for 1 week, the drug that I am taking recommended by the doctor is cClinovir 400MG and currently my complaints are headaches and pain which are very important questions can I take paracetamol medicine such as panadol to relieve the headache? Currently, clinovir consumption is still running. thank you
Hello, good night Dimas.
Shingles (also known as shingles) is caused by the Varicella zoster virus. At first exposure to this virus, this virus will cause chickenpox, then after recovery (symptoms and complaints disappear) this virus does not leave the body, but stays / is dormant / "sleeps" around the spine or the base of the skull bones. When a person who has had chickenpox later experiences a decrease in endurance, the virus will be reactivated and "wake up" from sleep, causing herpes zoster.
Symptoms of herpes zoster include the presence of blistered rashes on one side of the body (right or left only) that feels itchy, hot, or sore. These symptoms are accompanied by fever, headache, weakness and feeling unwell. Shingles can occur anywhere in the body, and in the type of herpes zoster ophtalmica, where skin disorders occur on the face near the eyes, headache complaints will be heavier.
Treatment of this disease is by giving anti-viral drugs. Clinovir is a drug that contains Acyclovir, an anti-viral drug that is widely used to treat cases of shingles. You may take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as paracetamol to relieve your headaches, provided you don't have a history of allergies to these drugs before. Give a gap of about 1 hour between the Clinovir drug you are taking with paracetamol to avoid the interaction of the two drugs. If after you take paracetamol you still feel the headache, maybe you need a stronger pain reliever drug, then it is recommended that you check with your doctor first, because other pain relievers require a doctor's prescription.
That's all, hope it helps.
Greetings, dr. Denisa