Posted on May 03, 2010 | Comments 1
There is hope for relief though! Here are steps to help you treat shingle rash.
Shingles is an infection that is caused by a similar infection that gives you chickenpox. Shingles erupts in a single band specifically on one side of the body instead of all over.
Once you have these symptoms it is important to go to your family doctor to immediately take help to relieve these symptoms, which can be quite painful.
The popular and most effective way to relieve the painful annoyance of shingles is to get prescription of anti-viral drugs to reduce the duration of the infection. Also helpful are over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications that will help do just that—reduce the inflammation of the affected area.
Anti-depressants are also recommended by doctors to help deal with the pain. The duration of shingles can be significantly reduced once the patient starts the anti-viral medications.
Here are some at home tips on handling shingles.
Apply cool compresses over the lesions or take a cool bath twice a day to help soothe the skin, ease the pain and relieve the itch.
Avoid exposure to warm or hot water because the skin is already sensitive and this could lead to further itching.
Make sure the lesions are covered with a clean cloth or loose fitting gauze after cleansing. These cloths and gauzes should be replaced regularly and the lesions should be cleaned on a regular basis.
This can also prevent the rash or the lesion from making physical contact with other persons as it is still in a contagious phase. Once the lesion dries up and starts to scab, then the contagious window is over.
Your skin and lesions need to breathe so avoid any tight fitting clothing. Irritation of the rash could occur from wearing restrictive clothing and cause feeling, more itching and pain.
There are a large variety of natural treatments and lotions that are proven effective to help with the shingles. Make sure you consult your doctor first and foremost and discuss these options with your health care professional. Their advice combined with these tips will make for a faster and easier healing so that you can get back to your happy, active and non-itchy self again!
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