Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Options For Shingles Rash Treatment

By Andrew Russell

Shingles is a painful condition, for which there is no cure. It is caused by the same virus that causes Chicken Pox.Most people who have this condition will have a rash or blisters with burning, itching and even numbness, which is characteristic of the disease. It can also cause headache, a fever, a feeling of tiredness, and even a sensitivity to light. While nothing will make it go away immediately, there are option for shingles rash treatment that can help alleviate the pain, itching and discomfort, and also help prevent it from becoming infected.

Taking a cool oatmeal bath is a simple remedy. Oatmeal has soothing properties that will temporarily reduce itching, and it is a product that is inexpensive and found in most households. Use an old sock or nylon and fill it halfway with oatmeal, then tie it closed. It can be left to float in the bath, or lightly rubbed on the itchy and inflamed areas for relief. Putting the loose oatmeal in the bath will make a mess and can clog the drain, and is not recommended.

Topical pain creams and over the counter pain medications may manage discomfort and help relieve uncomfortable symptoms. Check with a pharmacist or physician before combining these because if they contain the same medication there is risk of taking more than the recommended dosage and that can be dangerous.

When started within the first three days of the onset of the shingles virus, antiviral medications can reduce the severity and longevity. As soon as the first symptoms of shingles arrive, see a physician immediately to ensure this medicine is started as soon as possible. While it is not a cure, it has proven effective for some people.

Numbing agents contained in a cream that is applied topically to the affected area can help alleviate pain and reduce itchiness and stinging. These are available both by prescription as well as over the counter. Some may be combined with an anti-inflammatory medication and this may bring further relief by preventing the area from swelling.

Light, loose fitting and soft clothing made from natural fibers can help, especially for those who may find wearing clothing unbearable, is a must. Leaving the affected area uncovered as often as possible is key, covering up only when necessary. This will also help blisters and sores to dry out and prevent material from sticking to them.

If the rash is especially itchy, medications that contain an antihistamine may bring relief in that they are able to help reduce itching and swelling. These are available either over the counter or by prescription.

While shingles does not have a cure, using some of these simple remedies may help shorten the duration, reduce pain and itching, and make it easier to get through until it disappears. Always talk to a doctor or pharmacist for advice, especially when considering taking more then one medication at once, and even more urgently if you were already on medications prior to getting shingles, as some may cause it to worsen.

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