Chickenpox and Shingles

Chicken Pox

Aciclovir 10mg/kg IV 8 hourly

If patient pregnant seek advice

Treatment duration 14 Days

Shingles

Valaciclovir 1g PO 8  hourly

Treatment indicated if:

ophthalmic or predictors of post herpaticneuralgia:

60 years severe pain, severe skin rash, prolonged prodromal pain AND < 72 hours of onset rash.

Treatment duration 7 days.