In our office we give our patients Valtrex and Prednisone
post-Halo a Valtrex, Valium and Prednisone just prior to procedure. You should check with your doctor before taking any medications (prescribed and over the counter). Then a two
day dose of Valtrex and Prednisone to assist with swelling and prevent any cold
sores. It is not necessary to take any Zyrtec or antihistamines unless itching
and irritation are present. Over the counter medications are advised as needed,
usually after a few hours the burning sensation and pain diminish
Why NSAIDS recommended after Halo
Your doctor may be recommending these as all Halo patients will experience swelling and a burning sensation after each treatment. Swelling varies but most people do swell for awhile. I did! In looking at your pictures I don't see a significant amount of swelling and classic Halo crumbling peel over the next several days I personally am not someone who feels we should avoid inflammation on most patients as inflammation sets off a more robust repair response. What we don't want is a really red, swollen face on darker skin types where that alone could set up repigmentaiton. Looks like you got a nice treatment! Plan on more than one!