a. An analgesic of sufficient potency to allow rest and recovery.
b. Seven days of antiviral therapy with oral famciclovir or valacyclovir.
c. A 10- to 14-day burst of single-dose morning prednisone at 40 to 60 mg/day, provided there are no other contraindications.
e. Close follow-up in 10 days or less until it is clear the acute process is resolved, and observation for possible postherpetic neuralgia.
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