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Shingles and flying

My shingles are around my left side. Will the pain be more severe while Flying?

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There is no research currently to suggest that flying would have an impact on the pain you may be experiencing from your shingles. If you have received early antiviral treatment such as Acyclovir in addition this should help to lessen the frequency and severity of any ongoing pain you might be experiencing.

If you are intending to fly while the shingles rash and hence the inflammatory stage is still active it might be worth having a chat with your GP also to discuss any pain killing medication you can have to take while travelling.

There are several medications targeted at relieving the neuropathic (nerve) pain caused by shingles which your GP should be able to prescribe for you to use if necessary. Hopefully this will provide the extra reassurance needed to ensure you can remain as comfortable as possible while abroad.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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