Shingles is an infection known for causing a painful rash, typically characterised by distinct signs and symptoms.

Symptoms of Shingles

Identifying the presence of shingles involves paying attention to the following indicators:
A few days after the onset of these symptoms, a rash typically emerges. While the shingles rash commonly appears on the chest and abdomen, it can manifest anywhere on the body, including the face, eyes, and genitals. Notably, the rash presents as blotches on the skin, usually affecting only one side of the body. If a rash appears on both the left and right sides simultaneously, it is unlikely to be shingles.

For individuals aged 18 and above diagnosed with shingles, antiviral treatment with antibiotics can be supplied. This treatment aims to manage the infection effectively and alleviate the associated pain. Consulting with a healthcare professional for a prompt diagnosis and appropriate prescription is crucial for ensuring timely intervention and optimal recovery.

How it works

Step 1

You book a free appointment with one of our NHS trained consultants.

Step 2

A consultant will review your request and call you back within 20 minutes.

Step 3

We will carry out a FREE consultation in-store or remotely.

How long will this take?

The shingles will take between 10-15 minutes.

Where is this service available?

The free service is available in any of our branches, or remotely depending on how you wish to book the consultation with us.

In summary, recognizing the initial signs of shingles, such as tingling, pain, headache, and the subsequent development of a rash, is essential for seeking timely medical attention. Antiviral treatment with antibiotics is available for individuals aged 18 and above diagnosed with shingles, promoting effective management of the infection and relief from associated symptoms.

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    The Pharmacy First is a free service expanding upon the existing self-care advice and assistance available from pharmacy teams, empowering skilled pharmacists to offer guidance and, when suitable, treatment for seven common conditions. No prescription is required for conditions such as earache, sore throat, impetigo, shingles, sinusitis, uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI) in women, and infected insect bites and stings. This hassle-free approach enables individuals to address minor health concerns conveniently, eliminating the need for a GP visit. Our committed pharmacists are ready to provide assistance in the discretion of a dedicated consultation room.