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what can i do for shingles

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Here are few tips:

  • Keep the affected area clean, dry, and exposed to air as much as possible. Don’t scratch or burst the blisters.

  • Apply wet, cool compresses to reduce pain.

  • Get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activities.

  • Avoid stress, which can worsen pain. Relaxation techniques, including listening to music or doing tai chi, might help.

  • Dust colloidal oatmeal powder (which is available over the counter) where clothes rub against skin or take a warm bath with colloidal oatmeal may reduce itch and pain.

An episode of shingles usually heals on its own within a few weeks, but prompt treatment can ease pain, speed healing and reduce risk of complications. Consult physician.