CKS - chicken pox CKS - shingles
Pregnant/immunocompromised/neonate: seek urgent specialist advice.
Chicken pox: Consider treatment if onset of rash <24hrs, and 1 of the following: over 14 years of age; severe pain; dense/oral rash; taking steroids; smoker. Give paracetamol for pain relief.
Shingles: treat if >50 years and within 72 hrs of rash (PHN rare if <50 years); or if 1 of the following: active ophthalmic, Ramsey Hunt, eczema, non-truncal involvement; moderate or severe pain; moderate or severe rash.Shingles treatment if not within 72 hours: consider starting antiviral drug up to 1 week after rash onset, if high risk of severe shingles or continued vesicle formation; older age; immunocompromised; or severe pain.
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Aciclovir 800mg five times a day
Last reviewed: 27 August 2020
Next review: 27 August 2022
Author(s): Antimicrobial Management Team
Approved By: TAM Subgroup of ADTC
Reviewer Name(s): Area Antimicrobial Pharmacist
Document Id: AMT172