Home Remedies

Published on August 30th, 2013 | by Tom


Home Remedies For Shingles Pain

Shingles, also termed as herpes zoster is a disease that cause by varicella zoster virus, leading to a painful, blistering skin rash.

There is a vaccine available for shingles while it’s just recommended for people over 50 years old which is also the most vulnerable population of shingles. So, you can get a shingles vaccine to lower the risk of infection or prevent recurrence. Before getting a vaccine, you should talk with the doctor to make sure that you are able to for vaccine is not proper for people who have life-threatening allergic reaction,weakened immune system or some disease like AIDS, cancer.

People suffering from shingles always show signs and symptoms as follows:

  • Pain, burning, numbness or tingling
  • Swelling and tenderness of the lymph nodes
  • A red rash occur several days after the pain
  • Itchiness
  • Fluid-filled blisters break open, ooze and crust in about 5 days.

Treatment and home remedies

You can take medications like painkiller, anti-inflammatory drugs, antiviral drugs, benzoin and antibiotics to help reduce pain, decrease inflammation and manage your shingles infection. In addition to these over-the-counter medicines, you can also seek the doctor for prescription or professional medical treatment.

The pain and duration of shingles can also be treated by some home remedies:

  1. Apply cool and moist compress to ease the discomfort. And then apply lotions such as calamine.
  2. Cayenne or chili pepper contains capsaicin which is a natural pain reliever.
  3. Reishi mushroom extract can help fight against shingles for it is effective in stimulating the immune system.
  4. Baking soda and cornstarch can be used to dry the sore and speed the healing
  5. Soak the crusted sores with tap water or Burow’s solution can soothing the affected area and clean away crusts
  6. Try the mixture of Echinacea and goldenseal to strengthen your immune system and help treating the shingles.
  7. Take the cat’s-claw extract to reduce the inflammation and control the infection three times a day. Avoid this if you are pregnant.
  8. Lemon balm can be used as a remedy for its effective anti-herpes agents and antiviral compounds.
  9. Have a good rest and try to relax. Enough rest can give your body enough energy to deal with the virus. Try to relax and not concentrate on the shingles which will make you more uncomfortable. Try meditation, imagery or some other enjoyable things to distract the attention.
  10. Avoid pop the blister or cover it tightly which will make the condition worse. Try to keep the affected area clean and dry as much as possible.
  11. Try to stay away with most vulnerable people.

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