How is varicella-zoster virus (VZV) keratitis in HIV infection treated?

Updated: Jun 12, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Copeland, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Recommended treatment is oral acyclovir 800 mg 5 times per day or famciclovir 125-500 mg by mouth 3-5 times per day. Chronic treatment may be required for VZV keratitis. This usually minimizes symptoms and shortens the duration of viral shedding.

Severe disciform stromal keratitis that causes significant reduction in visual acuity may be treated with topical corticosteroids.


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