Pharmacy First – Shingles Treatment
From 31st January, Kamsons Pharmacists will be able to provide effective shingles treatment, without the need to book a GP appointment.
Shingles is an infection that causes a painful rash. The first signs of shingles can be:
- a tingling or painful feeling in an area of skin
- a headache or feeling generally unwell
A rash will usually appear a few days later. In rare cases shingles can cause pain without a rash. If you have a rash that you think could be shingles, speak to a Kamsons Pharmacist today.
Shingles prevention and treatment at Kamsons Pharmacy
From 31st January, Kamsons Pharmacists will be able to provide shingles treatment without the need for a doctors appointment (patients 18 years and over). If you have a rash that you think may be shingles, our expert pharmacists will be able to provide advice and treatment where required. Many Kamsons Pharmacies also offer a Shingles Vaccination service.
Treatment for shingles depends on how severe your symptoms are and whether you’re at risk of complications. If you have a mild rash you may not need any treatment.
You may be offered medicine (antiviral tablets) to help speed up your recovery from shingles if:
- you have a weakened immune system
- your pain or your rash is moderate or severe
- the rash is affecting other areas of your body apart from your chest, tummy and back
You usually need to start taking the medicine within 3 days of your rash first appearing.