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How to treat shingles on the arm?

I have a small rash fro shingles but my left arm is so weak and I cannot grip with my hand. I also (last week) slipped and feel on my elbow, but I really don t think that it affected my hand. Is there medication for shingles. I went to my doctor last Monday but he did not say I required any medication?
Mon, 20 Nov 2017
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hi there,,,welcome to HCM
- Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by reactivation of varicella zoster
virus.
- It is an infection of nerve and there can be loss of sensation or tingling or pain of the affected area due to nerve damage...it is transient and recover with in couple of months
with the regeneration of nerve...
- Antivirals do have a role in shingles but it should be taken within first 72
hrs...May be thats why your doc ask you not to take any antivirals...
- If there is any pain then you may take gabapentin 75 mg twice a day...As shingles is an infection of sensary nerve, power remains intact i.e. loss of grip could not be because of shingles
-Make sure you are not having any fracture and subsequent nerve damage,,,I recommend you to seek an orthopedician's advice to rule out any fracture...
Hope this will help you
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