My mom just told us that my dad has shingles. It started before Thanksgiving and she finally dragged him to the Urgent Care clinic (which is amazingly excellent here, thankfully). The doctor walked in and just looked at him and said it was shingles before she even got close to him. He is in a HUGE amount of pain - seems the face is one of the most painful places to have them. I sent some lidoderm patches over as that is the only diagnosis that medicare will cover them for. I know he will get an rx for them once reminded, but they will help in the meantime. If you know of ANYTHING else that will help either with the pain or help them go away sooner, I would appreciate it. I can't even go give him a hug because I can still catch chicken pox - have had them twice and a 3rd case would be dangerous and I have no immunity to them.I am not even allowed to have the vaccine for ckn pox, but it wouldn't be effective for a couple of weeks anyway. Thanks for the ideas and good thoughts.