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About Shingles

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Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection that causes an outbreak of a painful rash or blisters on the skin. Shingles can appear anywhere on the body but commonly occur as a single stripe on one side of the body. The infection is caused by the same virus - the varicella zoster virus- that causes chickenpox. Once you’ve had chickenpox as a child, the virus stays dormant in your nervous system even after you’ve recovered. Years later, the virus can reactivate and travel through nerve pathways, causing shingles.

Shingles Symptoms

Shingles can occur anywhere on the body, but often appears as a single stripe on one side of the body.

Common symptoms of shingles include:

  • Burning pain, itching, or tingling in the affected area of the skin
  • A red rash, usually occurring in a single stripe
  • Fluid-filled blisters that break open and scab over
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Nausea

Shingles Transmission

Shingles can only be spread through direct contact with the fluid leaked from the blisters. If you have not had chickenpox, you cannot get shingles. Instead, if you are exposed to the fluid from the blisters of someone who has an active case of shingles, you may likely contract chickenpox. Preventing the spread of the varicella zoster virus can be accomplished by covering oozing blisters and the affected area with bandages.

Shingles Risk Factors

Shingles may last for several weeks after symptoms begin to appear. Adults over the age of 50, people with weakened immune systems, and certain cancer treatments can increase your risk of contracting shingles. In some cases, shingles may not produce a rash. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, talk to your doctor. Early treatment can provide early relief and prevent the spread of the varicella zoster virus.

Treatment Options

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Note that all prescriptions are at your provider's discretion.

There is no cure for shingles, and because it is a viral infection, antibiotics will not effectively treat the illness. There are, however, several treatment options that can speed up recovery and reduce symptoms you may be experiencing. Below is a list of methods used in the treatment of shingles. Talk to your provider about the treatment plan that’s right for you.
Sesame FAQs

Frequently asked questions about shingles treatment on Sesame

Can shingles be treated online?

Sesame offers convenient and affordable online doctor visits with licensed health providers across the country. If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of shingles, book a video visit with a health care provider to discuss your condition and possible treatment options.

Online doctor visits can be conducted in the comfort and privacy of your own home. During your visit, you will be asked about your symptoms and health history.

If your doctor determines that you have shingles, they will discuss a treatment plan with you. This may include prescription medication. If appropriate, your doctor can prescribe medication through Sesame. Depending on the medication, you can have your prescription delivered to your home or ready for same-day pickup at a pharmacy of your choice. Book a visit today to get started on treatment right away.

Can I get a prescription for shingles medication on Sesame?

Yes! Sesame makes it easier than ever to get a new prescription or refill a prescription from the comfort of your own home! To discuss a new online prescription or refill, book a video visit with a doctor or nurse on Sesame to discuss a new online prescription or refill. Clinicians on Sesame can prescribe antiviral drugs that help treat shingles.

Note that providers on Sesame cannot prescribe controlled substances.

Book a video visit on based on the health care you need, and pick up a new prescription or existing prescription refill at a pharmacy of your choice. You can also use Sesame Rx, Sesame’s prescription service, to have your medication mailed to your door for free. If you don’t want to go pick up a prescription in-person or utilize SesameRx, many pharmacies offer a prescription mail service for home delivery so that your medication can be shipped directly to you. Browse services on Sesame, set up an appointment with a real doctor at your convenience, and get the care you need.

How can I get a prescription fast?

Booking an appointment with a doctor or nurse online is typically the fastest way to get a prescription! Sesame offers same-day online doctor prescription and prescription refill appointments with board-certified healthcare professionals. If deemed clinically necessary, Sesame providers can provide prescriptions and prescription refills for most non-controlled substances. They can also provide you with a doctor’s note if necessary.

Most online prescription and prescription refill appointments take around 15 minutes, and providers are able to send a prescription to a pharmacy of your choice right after your appointment.

How much does shipping cost?

Shipping is always free when you (re)fill prescriptions with Sesame.

Does Sesame offer discounts on prescriptions?

Yes! The SesameRx program offers access to hundreds of FDA-approved generic medications starting at just $5 for a 30-day supply - plus free delivery! Just have your Sesame provider check whether or not your prescription is available through the SesameRx program during your appointment. If your Sesame appointment results in a prescription, we’ll send you an email and text right afterward to complete your purchase.

You can also save up to 80% on prescription medications with the Sesame Prescription Savings Card, which can be used at 35,000+ locations across the country, including major chains like CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, Albertsons, Kroger, H-E-B, Hy-Vee and Wegmans. All you have to do is show the card to your pharmacist when picking up your prescription to confirm whether it can be used at your pharmacy. The best part? Your Sesame savings card works for everybody - friends, family, and co-workers - even if they've never used Sesame before.

What is SesameRx, and how does it work?

SesameRx is a prescription service that makes it easier and more affordable than ever to get prescription medication sent right to your door. We offer hundreds of FDA-approved generic medications starting at just $5 for a 30-day supply - delivered right to your door for free.

  1. Book and complete an appointment with a doctor, specialist, or provider who can write prescriptions through Sesame. Look for the "$5 med" tag on the provider card.
  2. If your appointment results in a prescription, we'll send you an email and text after to complete your purchase.
  3. We'll send your medication right to your door within 4 business days of shipping - with free delivery.

Sesame is not a pharmacy. As part of its prescription services, Sesame facilitates the delivery of prescription medication by its partner, Truepill pharmacy. Please refer to the Sesame terms of service for further information.

Do I have to use SesameRx?

Nope! Our feelings won’t be hurt if you’d prefer to pick up your prescription or prescription refill at a local pharmacy. After booking your appointment, you’ll be prompted to choose your pharmacy preferences. Simply select your pharmacy of choice instead of SesameRx! You can also discuss your preferences with your provider directly at the time of the visit.

Can I use my health insurance on Sesame?

Sesame does not accept insurance for provider appointments or for medications shipped from our SesameRX pharmacy - however, you can pay with cash, credit, debit, or even your FSA or HSA card since visits and prescriptions on Sesame are considered health expenses.

However, Sesame clinicians can assist with insurance prior authorization specifically for patients who book a weight management service through Sesame’s online weight loss management program.