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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Shingles
To soothe an itchy, painful skin rash, use:
- Cold compresses—can be applied to the rash for 5 minutes at a time, several times a day
- Compresses soaked in Burrow’s solution—can be applied to the rash for five minutes at a time, several times a day
- Oatmeal baths—may improve itching
You may spread the chicken pox virus to others until the rash has crusted over. Stay home until this occurs.
Herpes zoster. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated April 24, 2016. Accessed June 7, 2016.
NINDS shingles information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/shingles/shingles.htm. Updated February 5, 2016. Accessed June 7, 2016.
Shingles. The American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/contagious-skin-diseases/shingles. Accessed June 7, 2016.
Shingles (herpes zoster). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/overview.html. Updated March 15, 2016. Accessed June 7, 2016.
Stankus SJ, Dlugopolski M, Packer D. Management of herpes zoster (shingles) and postherpetic neuralgia. Am Fam Physician. 2000;61(8):2437-2444.
- Reviewer: James Cornell, MD
- Review Date: 06/2016
- Update Date: 06/07/2016