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So You Have Shingles…Now What?

RM Shingles


If you have ever had chickenpox as a child, then you are likely all too familiar with the painful, itchy, blister-like rash, and the accompanying fever or fatigue that it causes. Many that already suffered through chickenpox as a child can also breathe a sigh of relief, because once you get it, you are official inoculated against chickenpox for the rest of your life. However, that doesn’t mean you are in the clear!

Known as “shingles”, it is a condition in which the chickenpox virus (varicella-zoster virus) becomes reactivated, causing a painful, itchy rash, usually on only down one side of the body. The news has heavily recommended that those at risk (primarily the elderly) should go get a shingles vaccine, there is still a large number who are holding out, and a smaller number still who may end up suffering from shingles, despite the vaccine. So what happens then?

Let’s say that despite your best efforts, including vaccination, you still ended up with shingles. Now, the task should be focused on what to do about it, and that largely is about making oneself comfortable. Here are some of the past tips for minimizing pain and discomfort, and best of all, it is all using stuff you probably already have at home.

Cool Compress

When suffering from shingles, even the lightest touch of the skin can be extremely painful. In order to provide the affected area with protection and relief, you should try keeping it comfortable with a cool compress.


As we mentioned above, sometimes even the slightest touch can be painful when it comes to shingles, however, as most of us know, our lives don’t just suddenly stop because we don’t feel good. By covering the rash with a thin layer of Vaseline and a cotton bandage, you can more easily put on close and freely move about with a reduced risk of discomfort.

Wear Loose, Cotton Clothes

While it can sometimes be nice to wear that form fitting outfit that shows off your legs, if you are suffering from shingles, fashion should be the least of your concerns. In order to fight the itch that is associated with shingles, try wear loose, breathable clothes like cotton or linen.

Oatmeal or Baking Soda bath

If you are experiencing the itch and discomfort of shingles, one of the fastest and most effective reliefs is taking a bath with ground oatmeal or baking soda, both of which will lessen the itch and are gentle on the skin.

Calamine Lotion

Sure, you may look a little funny with pink dots all of you, however, we’d imagine you’d rather look a little funny in the privacy of your own home then scratching and feeling uncomfortable.