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Would Monolaurin capsules and aloe vera gel application be helpful to manage shingles?

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Posted on Wed, 24 Apr 2019
Question: My mother is 95 and has shingles, she is diabete, and has one kidney. Her primary care Doctor, told her to use Baking soda and water paste. I have also put aloe vera gel on the scabs. Her friend recommended she try Monolaurin capsules. Can she safely take these, to help with this condition.
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Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney (10 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Don’t think monolaurin capsule will be effective

Detailed Answer:

Hi

I don’t think Monolaurin capsules will be effective in treating her condition.

Instead she should take antiviral medicines like tablet Valacyclovir twice daily for 5-7 days. It is a prescription drug and you need to see the doctor in person to get them.

Hope I have answered your query.

Thank you.

Regards,
Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney
Dermatologist
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Would Monolaurin capsules and aloe vera gel application be helpful to manage shingles?

Brief Answer: Don’t think monolaurin capsule will be effective Detailed Answer: Hi I don’t think Monolaurin capsules will be effective in treating her condition. Instead she should take antiviral medicines like tablet Valacyclovir twice daily for 5-7 days. It is a prescription drug and you need to see the doctor in person to get them. Hope I have answered your query. Thank you. Regards, Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney Dermatologist