Dressings for Shingles Treatment

Shingles is a common viral infection that is thought to affect around one in four people in their lifetime. The first signs of the virus are generally sensitivity, tingling and burning in the affected area, and this will be followed by pain and, several days later, a rash.  The virus is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster virus which remains dormant in the body following chickenpox; a reactivation of this virus, often in later life is what leads to shingles.

The treatment of shingles is generally provided to ease the symptoms until the virus has left the body, this is because there is no cure to prevent it from occurring. The use of dressings for shingles treatment is commonly used to help ease symptoms and prevent the virus from multiplying.

Using dressings when leaving the house

When suffering from shingles it is important to get as much rest as possible to help the body recover from the virus; however, if a person is feeling well enough, there is no reason for them not to return to work or continue normal day-to-day life.  Dressings for shingles treatment are recommended to cover the shingles rash when leaving the house; this is beneficial for not allowing the virus to spread to other parts of the body and to prevent anyone from catching chickenpox.

It is not possible for a person to catch shingles from a shingles sufferer although it is possible for a person to catch chickenpox if they have not been previously exposed to the virus; covering up the rash with a dressing will make the risk of spreading chickenpox extremely low.

It is important that the dressings for shingles treatment as not adhesive coverings such as plasters. Adhesive dressings will stick to the rash and can add further irritation; they are also thought to contribute to the slowing down of the healing process.

Using wet dressings to treat shingles

The majority of the shingles recovery process will be done at home, doctors and GP’s will recommend a range of treatments that can be carried out at home and used alongside the prescription medication in order to ease symptoms and speed up recovery. One recommended method is the use of wet dressings.

A wet dressing can be beneficial in helping to soothe the skin which is often irritable and itchy as a result of the rash. Soaking a bandage with regular tap water and applying it to the skin will help relieve those symptoms and also begin to dry out the blisters which can speed up recovery. There is no limit to the amount of times a wet dressing can be applied to the skin; however, once again the dressing should not be an adhesive one.

Elastic bandage for shingles treatment

Dressings for shingles treatment are also useful during the night when scratching the rash during sleep can be a problem. The use of an elastic bandage over the rash can protect it from being scratched at; it can also ease symptoms of itchiness.




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