Why should corticosteroids use for the treatment of herpes zoster (shingles) be limited?

Updated: Jan 25, 2019
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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In view of the potential adverse effects of and contraindications to corticosteroid use, it has been suggested that these agents should be limited to cases of moderate to severe zoster pain or cases in which significant neurologic symptoms (eg, facial paralysis) or central nervous system (CNS) involvement is present and the use of corticosteroids is not otherwise contraindicated. [1]


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