Shingles

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This service is available to all customers residing in England, irrespective of whether Hot Chemist is your registered pharmacy. We are committed to providing accessible NHS healthcare services to everyone in need. Most customers have their treatment delivered within 24 hours of a successful consultation.

4 Simple Steps

Pharmacy First Medication Delivered To Your Door

1. Complete Pre-Screening Questions

This Usually Takes Between 3-5 Minutes.

2. Video Consultation

Conduct A Video Consultation With Our Trained Pharmacist. This Takes No More Than 15 Minutes.

3. Dispensing

Get A Prescription For Suitable Medication Based On Your Assessment Outcome.

4. Delivery

Have Your Pharmacy First Prescribed Medication Delivered Directly To Your Home 24 Hours Later.

Understanding Shingles with Hot Chemist

Shingles, medically known as herpes zoster, can be a distressing condition, but at Hot Chemist, we’re committed to guiding you through your recovery. This viral infection, triggered by the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, the culprit behind chickenpox, often manifests as a painful, blistering rash.

What Activates the Shingles Virus?

While the precise cause of the varicella-zoster virus reawakening is unknown, several factors are known to contribute to the onset of shingles, including:

  • Emotional or Physical Stress: Stressful situations can compromise your immune defenses, paving the way for shingles.
  • Immunosuppression: Whether due to conditions like HIV or treatments like chemotherapy, weakened immunity can trigger an outbreak.
  • Aging: As we age, our immune system naturally weakens, which can increase the risk of shingles.

Identifying the Symptoms of Shingles:

A shingles outbreak is marked by:

  • Rash Development: Begins with red spots that rapidly evolve into fluid-filled blisters.
  • Localised Pain: You might experience pain, burning, or tingling, typically on one side of the body or face.
  • Additional Symptoms: Fever, headache, and fatigue can also occur, signaling the body’s response to the infection.

If you notice these symptoms, particularly a rash on your torso or face, or experience pain around the eyes or forehead, it’s crucial to seek immediate medical advice due to the  risk of complications like postherpetic neuralgia or ocular damage.

NHS Pharmacy First: Shingles Treatment Options

Hot Chemist, in alignment with the NHS Pharmacy First scheme, provides essential antiviral treatments:

  • Aciclovir: This medication can significantly reduce pain and hasten healing when initiated promptly after the rash appears.
  • Valaciclovir: As a prodrug of aciclovir, valaciclovir offers simplified dosing and is effective in managing the symptoms of shingles.

Shingles During Pregnancy: A Delicate Balance

Pregnancy requires a delicate approach to shingles treatment. If you’re expecting and develop shingles, rest assured that safe and effective treatment options are available. Our pharmacists can guide you through the process, balancing the need for symptom relief with the safety of your developing baby.

Commencing Your Treatment Journey with Hot Chemist

If you’re grappling with the early signs of shingles or suspect you might be at the beginning stages, don’t delay. Early intervention with antiviral therapy is key. Connect with our pharmacists for a comprehensive online consultation to assess your symptoms and discuss the most appropriate treatment for you.

Your well-being is at the heart of our service. Using the NHS Pharmacy First framework, we can assess, prescribe and deliver prescribed medications directly to your doorstep, ensuring you get the personalised care you need quickly and discreetly so you can start your recovery as soon as possible. Your health and comfort are our utmost priorities. Trust in our dedicated team and the NHS for all your Shingles treatment needs.

Convenient And Free Service

The NHS Pharmacy First service offers a quick and easy way to handle minor health problems without needing to see a doctor, including: sinusitis, sore throat, earache, infected insect bites, impetigo, shingles, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women.

Our skilled pharmacists can deal with many common issues, providing fast and tailored care.

This service helps patients get better sooner, eases the load on primary care, and makes healthcare more focused on the patient’s needs. You can get quick advice, over-the-counter medicines, and sometimes prescriptions too.

This consultation is an NHS service and incurs no charge. However, if medication is prescribed and you are not exempt from prescription charges, you will be required to pay the standard fee of £9.65 for the medication.

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