Shingles (mate huaketo hei) is a painful blistering rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles tingles or hurts and then an itchy rash appears on one side of your body. The rash is in the skin of the infected nerve. It starts as red pimples that blister and then scab over to heal .The liquid in the blisters is infectious! Scabs are not. Blisters typically scab over after 7–10 days and the pain usually settles in 2–4 weeks. Early treatment with antivirals reduces the risk of ongoing pain. It can be prevented by a childhood vaccine for chickenpox and a specific vaccine for shingles, free for 65-year-olds.

Usual treatment for shingles is an antiviral medication. Our trained pharmacists can supply a 10 days course of Valaciclovir for uncomplicated shingles – a consultation with the pharmacist is necessary. If it is a severe case or there are any “red flags” they will refer you on to a medical practitioner. Included in the consultation is the issue of a medical certificate, if deemed appropriate, for 1 to 3 days.

Consultation Fee $30

Valaciclovir course $30

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Disclaimer - These medications are supplied under Standing Orders, supervised by a registered medical practitioner. You must complete a consultation with our pharmacist to access these medicines.