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Shingles treatment available online today

In order to treat your shingles, consult with one of our board-certified doctors online today to get a prescription for an antiviral to get rid of your rash. Get a new prescription to treat shingles or refill an existing prescription today.

  • Medication services available 24/7 for adults and kids (3+)

  • Top quality, board-certified doctors

  • Same-day prescriptions available*

We accept these insurance plans and many more!

  • United Healthcare
  • Humana
  • Aetna

3 simple steps to get treated for Shingles today

  • Book a Shingles treatment appointment.

    Step 1

    Book a Shingles treatment appointment.

    Book a same day appointment from anywhere.

  • Talk to your medical provider regarding your Shingles symptoms.

    Step 2

    Talk to your medical provider regarding your Shingles symptoms.

    Visit with a doctor on your smartphone or computer.

  • Pick up a prescription for Shingles.

    Step 3

    Pick up a prescription for Shingles.

    We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy.

  • Book a Shingles treatment appointment.

    Step 1

    Book a Shingles treatment appointment.

    Book a same day appointment from anywhere.

  • Talk to your medical provider regarding your Shingles symptoms.

    Step 2

    Talk to your medical provider regarding your Shingles symptoms.

    Visit with a doctor on your smartphone or computer.

  • Pick up a prescription for Shingles.

    Step 3

    Pick up a prescription for Shingles.

    We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy.

Shingles treatment pricing details

How pricing works

To request Shingles treatment and get a new prescription or refill on your prescription, join our monthly membership and get discounted visits.

Paying with insurance

Membership

$14.99/month

First month free

First visit

Copay

For all visits

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week
  • Unlimited messages with your 24/7 Care Team
  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%
  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests
  • Free memberships for your family
  • Cancel anytime

Visit price with insurance

Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

  • We accept these insurance plans and many more:
    • Humana
    • Aetna
    • United Healthcare

Paying without insurance

Membership

$14.99/month

First month free

First visit

$129

Repeats only $69

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week
  • Unlimited messages with your 24/7 Care Team
  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%
  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests
  • Free memberships for your family
  • Cancel anytime

Visit price without insurance

Initial visits are $129 and follow-ups are only $69 for active members.

Book an appointment

If we're unable to treat you, we'll provide a full refund.

Learn about shingles

Shingles is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Even after your chickenpox infection clears up, the virus can remain dormant in your nerve cells for years before reactivating as shingles.

For many adults, the chickenpox virus is inactive and never leads to shingles. However, for approximately one in three adults, the virus will reactive.

 

Shingles causes

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox infection. If you've had chickenpox, you can develop shingles when the virus reactivates in your body. The reason why shingles develops in some adults but not others remains unclear. Shingles is more common in older adults due to their lower immunity to infections. Some possible risk factors for shingles include:

  • A weakened immune system

  • Heightened emotional stress

  • Older age

  • Undergoing cancer treatments or major surgery

  • Shingles medications

    If you're experiencing pain or itching, talk to your doctor about shingles medications to ease your symptoms. If you want to skip the visit to a doctor's office, you can book a virtual appointment with a board-certified physicians at PlushCare to get shingles treatment online. Your doctor may recommend:

  • Antiviral medications

    Such as cyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex), to relieve symptoms and shorten the length of the illness.

  • Over-the-counter pain medications

    Such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), to reduce pain.

  • Antibacterial drugs

    Used to treat bacterial infections due to skin rashes.

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs

    Such as prednisone, if shingles affects your eyes or face.

  • How to prevent shingles

    According to the National Institute on Aging, getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent shingles. The current shingles vaccine (Shingrix) is a safe, easy, and effective way to prevent shingles.

    All children should receive two doses of the chickenpox vaccine (varicella immunization) to prevent severe shingles symptoms and complications in adulthood. Adults who have never had chickenpox should also get vaccinated.

    When to see a doctor for shingles

    It’s important to talk to your healthcare provider as soon as you experience shingles symptoms, especially if you face an increased risk of developing shingles.

    Seek medical attention if:

    • A rash appears near your eye. If left untreated, a shingles rash can lead to permanent eye damage.
    • You’re 60 or older, as older age can significantly increase your risk of serious complications.
    • You or someone in your family has a weakened immune system.
    • Your shingles rash is widespread and painful.

     

     

    Related conditions to shingles

  • Chickenpox

  • Contact dermatitis

  • Herpes

  • Skin infection

  • Vision loss

  • How to treat shingles

    If you experience any symptoms of shingles, talk to your doctor. Your doctor will perform a physical exam to diagnose your shingles and determine the best treatment plan.

    Treatment for shingles often includes:

    • Medications: Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication or anti-inflammatory to relieve itching and pain.
    • Home remedies: Home remedies can help soothe your skin, reduce pain, and relieve itching. For example, you might apply calamine lotion to calm irritated skin, or take a cool bath to clean your rash.

    Symptoms of shingles

    According to the CDC, the first symptom of a shingles outbreak is pain and burning on one side of your body along a certain area of skin. After the initial symptoms, you may experience:

  • A rash that appears a few days after the pain

  • Sensitivity to the touch

  • Fluid-filled blisters that burst open and crust over

  • Intense itching

  • A shingles rash does not always appear red. Depending on your skin tone, your rash may look dark pink, dark brown, or purple. You may also experience other symptoms, such as:

    •Chills, fever, or a headache

    •Nausea and fatigue

    •Sensitivity to light

     

  • Shingles Treatment FAQs

    • What are shingles symptoms?

      The most common symptoms of shingles include:

      •A tingling, burning, numb, or painful sensation on your skin

      •A rash that forms in a belt-like pattern and affects one side of the body

      •Painful fluid-filled blisters that burst, dry up, and crust over

       

      During the early stages of shingles, you may also experience other symptoms, such as:

      •Fever or chills

      •Upset stomach

      •Headache or sensitivity to light

    • Is shingles contagious?

      Yes, shingles is contagious. A person with shingles can pass the varicella-zoster virus to anyone who isn’t immune to chickenpox.

      The virus usually spreads through direct contact with open sores. If you pass the virus onto someone else, they’ll become infected with chickenpox—not shingles.

    • What causes shingles?

      Shingles happens when the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox infection, becomes reactivated. It’s unknown why the virus becomes reactivated in some people and not others, but many people who develop shingles have a weakened immune system.

      Your risk of developing shingles may be higher if you:

      •Have had a transplant

      •Are currently undergoing chemotherapy

      •Have HIV or AIDs

      •Take immunosuppressant treatment

      Age and gender are also important risk factors for shingles. Most cases of shingles happen over the age of 50, and women are more likely to develop shingles than men.

    • What do the early stages of shingles look like?

      As the varicella-zoster virus reactivates in your body, you may notice a tingling, burning, or itchy sensation on your skin. Within 5 days, you’ll notice a rash in the affected area.

      A few days after the rash appears, you’ll notice small groups of oozing, fluid-filled blisters in the same area. People who have had shingles often describe the early stages as similar to the beginning of the flu, with a headache, fever, and nausea.

    • What is the best over the counter medicine for shingles?

      Taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), can help reduce pain.

    • What does a mild case of shingles look like?

      A mild case of shingles may include a rash without blisters. The shingles rash is a distinct characteristic of the illness. Many people who experience mild shingles do not experience headaches, fever, fatigue, or other flu-like symptoms.

      Whether mild or severe, pain is the most common symptom of shingles. Most people describe a deep burning, throbbing, or stabbing sensation. The pain usually subsides within 30 days.

    • How long does it take for shingles to progress?

      Shingles starts with increased nerve pain and numbness in the affected area, which usually lasts for 48–72 hours. Within 3–5 days, a blistering rash will form over the area, which will turn into fluid-filled blisters. Then, the blisters will burst open, dry up, and crust over after 7–10 days.

      Once the rash blisters, it can last another 3–5 days before the lesions scab over. After the lesions crust over, it may take 2–4 weeks to heal completely.

      At this time, pain may still be present. After the rash heals and the scabs clear up, some people continue to experience pain. This condition is called post-herpetic neuralgia.

    • What are some home remedies for shingles?

      If you have shingles, home remedies can help reduce pain and soothe skin:

      •Wearing loose-fitting clothing to let your rash breathe.

      •Take a cool bath with colloidal oatmeal or use calamine lotion to calm your skin.

      •Apply a cool washcloth or cold compress to your blisters to ease the pain.

      •Keep the area dry. Avoid scratching your blisters to avoid skin infections and scarring.

      •Take over-the-counter pain medications to relieve pain.

      •Get plenty of rest, eat a balanced diet, and try simple exercises, such as stretching.

      •Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water to avoid spreading the virus.

    • Is there a shingles vaccine?

      Yes, a shingles vaccine is available for healthy adults over the age of 50. The current shingles vaccine, Shingrix (recombinant zoster vaccine), is a two-dose vaccine series. The doses are separated by 2–6 months to prevent shingles and potential complications.

    • What are some common treatments for shingles?

      Common treatments for shingles include home remedies and medications. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, your doctor can prescribe antiviral medication to shorten the length and severity of the illness.

      If you have any shingles symptoms, book an appointment with a virtual PlushCare doctor to learn more about online shingles treatment.

    • What is the best medicine for shingles?

      The best medications for shingles are antiviral medications, which help shorten the length and severity of the illness. At PlushCare, our online doctors can prescribe:

      •Cyclovir (Zovirax)

      •Famciclovir (Famvir)

      •Valacyclovir (Valtrex)

      Antivirals can ease the discomfort of shingles, especially if you take them within 72 hours of symptom onset. They can also prevent pain that happens after the rash disappears, called post-herpetic neuralgia.