Diagnosis and management early is key to the management of shingles. Pharmacists need to know the symptoms, risk factors, those who are vulnerable and possible complications. Prevention and management strategies are also important.
Objectives After completing this module pharmacists will be able to:
describe shingles in terms of its prevalence, aetiology, risk factors, symptoms, and diagnosis
outline some of the complications of shingles infection, including postherpetic neuralgia
highlight the importance of vaccination as a preventative measure for shingles and its associated complications
discuss the management of shingles, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological measures