Other Treatments for Shingles

Comfort Measures for Managing Pain and Itching

Elastic Bandages

Some people have a lot of pain and discomfort from the light touch of their clothing across the area of their skin rash. You should keep the area uncovered most of the time to promote drying of the rash. If you are having difficulty sleeping due to the rash, talk to your doctor about covering the most sensitive areas with an elastic bandage.The bandage must be wrapped loosely to prevent constriction of blood flow.

Special Considerations

Effective comfort measures tend to vary from person to person. What helps one person may be irritating to another. Trial and error will help you find comfort measures that are soothing to you. Always check with your doctor before trying home remedies.

When to Contact Your Doctor

Call your doctor if you:
  • Develop a fever
  • Have increased redness and swelling or streaks of red around the area of your skin rash
  • Have pus coming from the rash
  • Notice an odor associated with your skin rash
  • Have a rash on your face, which increases the risk of a serious eye infection
  • Have severe pain that is not relieved by the measures recommended by your doctor

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References

Shingles. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 20, 2012. Accessed September 7, 2012.

Shingles (herpes zoster). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/overview.html. Updated January 10, 2011. Accessed September 7, 2012.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: David Horn, MD
  • Review Date: 05/2014
  • Update Date: 05/28/2014

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