5 Natural Treatments for Shingles Pain
Shingles are a viral infection on the surface of your skin that causes itching and rashes. These are the same virus cells that cause chicken pox. This virus can remain dormant in your body’s nervous system and activate later under specific conditions.
Taking a regular bath with cold water may reduce shingles. You should avoid taking hot water bath when suffering from shingles. Here is a simple tip to shorten the duration of shingles. You can take 1 to 2 cups of colloidal oatmeal or cornstarch in some warm water and soak yourself in it for at least 15 to 20 minutes. You can then go and take a shower. Also, dry your body after taking a bath.
Wet and Cool Compress
Wet and cool compress bottle used several times daily can be also helpful in shortening the duration of itching. It can also be used after taking a bath. The coolness of using such a compress can also be helpful in reducing pain caused by shingles.
Lotions and Creams
Different lotions, creams, and ointments are also available in the market to avoid the pain caused by shingles. You can apply any herbal or naturally made ointment or lotion throughout the day to reduce the effect.
Doctors advise a healthy diet to boost your immune system including foods that contain vitamins A, B-12, C, and E which will prevent shingles from spreading. Red meat, eggs, chicken dairy and whole grains can be added to your diet as well.
With above-mentioned remedies, you can also consult a homeopathic doctor to prescribe you a good medication for shingles because it usually comes with no side effects.
Some herbal remedies can also be used in healing shingles such as:
- Green tea
- Lemon balm
- Oregano oil
- Essential fatty acids etc.
Though shingles are not cured by any medication, you can reduce its time period and the pain caused by it. It lasts between two to six weeks.
And while it can cause very irritable itching and rashes, the above-mentioned tips can definitely help soothe you.