Shingles Treatment At Home

Shingles is caused by a reactivation of a virus known as herpes varicella-zoster which is found dormant in the sensory nervous system as a result of chickenpox. The virus causes an infection of the nerve and the skin along the route of that nerve; shingles will effect two or three nerves at one time and lead to pain and irritation. The effects of the virus in terms of pain will differ and cases of shingles in children and young, otherwise healthy adults are usually found to have milder symptoms than cases found in people over the age of 50.

Doctors can provide a range of medication to help with the symptoms as-well as providing step to help towards shingles treatment at home. As there is no cure for the virus, treatment is the only way to reduce the duration and the severity of the virus.

What can be done at home to help treat shingles?

Other than going to your GP for the medication, most of the treatment carried out for shingles will be done at home. Shingles treatment at home, using simple methods and techniques can help a patient remain comfortable during the virus and recover quicker.

The first thing to do when treating the virus is to keep the rash clean and dry; this will prevent the risk of bacterial infection also reduce the chance of it spreading to other areas of the body. It is important, in both the cleaning and drying process that no abrasive sponges or towels are used, this will only add to the irritation.

If the rash becomes itchy it is possible to use calamine lotion on the skin, this can be effective in helping to soothe the skin and take away the itchiness; using an elastic bandage to cover the rash can also prevent scratching during the night. Wet dressings and cold compresses are also useful to soothe skin and take away itchiness, it is important never to use heat on the rash as this can cause inflammation and irritation. Applying a cold compress several times a day for 20 minutes at a time can help to keep blisters dry and decrease the risk of bacterial infection.

It is good to allow as much air as possible to get to the shingles rash; however, if you plan on leaving the house you may need to cover up. This should be done using non-adhesive dressings only; any adhesive dressings such as plasters can cause damage and irritation to the rash.

Shingles treatment at home can also be helped by wearing loose clothing wherever possible, although this will not help heal the virus, it can allow a sufferer to remain comfortable and ease irritation.
Rest is an important part of shingles treatment at home, getting as much rest as possible will help the body’s natural defences come to the rescue and begin the healing process. Eating fruit and vegetables will also help to boost the immune system; pears in particular have excellent antiviral properties.




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