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On Tuesday evening this week, I came down with a rash which resembled, and indeed turned out to be, shingles. Prior to the rash emerging, however, I had about a week's worth of advance symptoms, mainly very mild pain which was diagnosed by a doctor as a muscle strain due to the lack of any other symptoms besides that. However, I went back to a doctor on Wednesday morning, just 12 hours after seeing the rash for the first time, and was put on acyclovir right away.
However, in reading about shingles to try to understand what I'm in for over the next few weeks, I'm seeing some conflicting information: some sites say that antiviral treatment for shingles is most effective if it's begun within 48-72 hours of the rash (which I did meet), while others say it's only effective if it's begun within 48-72 hours of the initial symptoms (which I missed due to the initial misdiagnosis.)
So I wanted to know if anybody could clarify that one way or the other.
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