Thursday, January 25, 2018

Shingles Rash Treatment Options That Can Help Alleviate Symptoms

By Andrew Russell

Shingles, a disease caused by the same virus as Chicken Pox, is most often accompanied by a rash. It can cause itching and a burning pain and may result in blisters that can leave behind scars, especially if not treated to reduce the itchiness. Other symptoms can include fever and headache, fatigue, and, in some people, a sensitivity to light. While there is no cure for shingles, there are shingles rash treatment options that can help alleviate symptoms.

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.

If taken within the first seventy two hours of the start of the shingles virus, antiviral medication may shorten the course of the disease. At the first sign of symptoms, visit a doctor for conformation and advice, and discuss this option to be sure it is right for you and that it is started as soon as possible. While not a cure, it has helped some patients in reducing the severity of symptoms and helping shorten the course of the virus.

Topical creams that contain an agent that causes numbing can also help keep shingles patients more comfortable. Some of these are available over the counter, others must be via prescription. It may also help to ask for an anti-inflammatory cream to alleviate the rash.

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.

Taking an antihistamine may be of aid in that it can reduce itchiness. Scratching the rash can increase pain, swelling and the likelihood of scarring. Over the counter options are available or it can be obtained through prescription by a doctor.

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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