Rash not fully gone after course

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Hello im 15 and have a mild case of shingles on my side. I was told to take 5 Aciclovir 800mg tablets a day for a week however most days i only managed to take 3/4 tablets. Its been over the course now and the rash has almost gone but is still there mildy. Should i continue taking these tablets until i run out? should i just leave it alone? or should i go back to the doctor???

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    Hi Mathew

    This is a very serious complaint that can easily lead to years of suffering with Post Herpetic Neuralgia that lasts for many years. It is extremely important to get the full anti-viral treatment, and even more if needed. 

    It is much better to overdue the treatment, than take the alternative.

    Kind regards Ray.

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    Hi Mathew,

    I would continue to take the tablets 4 x daily until you run out.

    I hope you are feeling much better.

    Merry Juliana

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    Some remnant of the rash can last weeks or months, that's normal. Just leave it alone. However, I agree with the others, you need to take all of the meds. If you don't you could have a much worse situation. I'm glad that it seems the anti-virals have been helping. Without them, you can get intense pain and other symptoms. You must have caught it quickly enough.


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    I would take all of the meds as doc recommended,u don’t want to get a relapse 
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