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  • 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.

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