Try these home remedies to ease the symptoms of shingles!
Did you know? One in three Americans has a tendency to develop shingles or herpes zoster in their lifetime. And nearly 1 million cases of shingles are reported each year in the nation.
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Shingle is a viral infection caused by the virus, varicella-zoster virus, which also triggers chicken pox. It occurs as blisters, rashes, and red spots followed by itching and pain. Shingles usually occur on the small areas of the body. While there are medical treatments available for shingles, there are many home remedies that help manage the symptoms. These remedies ensure relief and healing. Let’s have a look on such natural treatments for shingles.
Cool Water Bath:
Cool water therapy eases pain and discomfort caused by shingles. Soak the affected parts in the cold water for 15-20 minutes. Avoid using ice water as it can aggravate the symptoms. Use gentle soaps which don’t dry out your skin. Alternatively, you can mix 2 tbsp. of salt in 1 liter of cold water to make a solution to be applied to the affected skin parts. Oatmeal bath is also a healing bath for shingles.
A wet compress comes handy and soothes pain and itching as cool bath does. It is easy to make a cold compress. All you need to take a clean towel and soak it in cool water. Wringing the water out and then apply it to your affected parts for 20 minutes. Repeat it several times a day to ease your pain.
To enhance the healing effect, add vinegar (1 cup vinegar: 32 Cup of Water) to the water. However, avoid using ice packs as they can aggravate the situation. Make sure to wash the towel or cloth after using it. Dry the area gently and apply an antiviral lotion afterward.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been a proven remedy for several skin conditions, including shingles. You can give your affected skin a compress of apple cider vinegar diluted with equal amount of warm water. Or you can add 2-4 cups of apple cider vinegar to a tub of warm bath water to get a long soak. The acidity of vinegar helps dry the blisters and soothe itching. Don’t use apple cider vinegar on wound or open blisters.
Calendula or marigold is enriched with healing properties. It eases the itch and promotes healing in skin conditions like shingles. Calendula also contains anti-inflammatory properties and improves the texture of the skin as well.
Also, Follow the Precautions:
Combine these home remedies for shingles with the precautions given below…
- Don’t pick your blisters as it can make you prone to the secondary infection.
- Avoid taking the stress.
- Consult your physician if there is no improvement in your condition.
- Take a right diet rich in antiviral properties. For example, you can take garlic or licorice tea. However, avoid chocolate, peanuts, almonds, dairy products, and yeast.
Wear loose clothing made from natural fibers like cotton or linen to feel more comfortable.