Shingles (also known as Herpes Zoster) are caused by the same virus as chicken pox. They are also part of the herpes family and affect adults in the same way they used to affect people as children; except in a new form. Don’t fear, because you can get rid of Shingles. All you need to do is look out for the symptoms and get help as quickly as possible to prevent the problem from spiralling out of control.
Symptoms of Shingles
Shingles typically appear on one side of a person’s body and are accompanied by: (but not limited to) burning, sensitivity, rash, blisters, head or stomach aches and fever or chills. It is very important to see your doctor as soon as possible so you can avoid the full onset of Shingles; as it can be an extremely painful and lengthy process.
What You Can Do
If you don’t want to go to the doctor or cannot for the time being, don’t worry because there are a few things you can do until you receive medical treatment. First off, to get rid of some of your pain and swelling you can take over the counter drugs such as Ibuprofen, Advil or Tylenol. As always, be sure to read the directions carefully and follow them to at T. Not correctly using medications can lead to worse health problems down the road.
Applying anti-itch ointments is very helpful when trying to get rid of Shingles and for itching relief. They may not solve the problem but they make everything much more controlled; allowing you to still do what you want to do each day.
The symptoms too much to bear?
Take some time for yourself and allow your body to relax. Soaking the infected area in a bathtub accompanied by baking soda or even oatmeal and cool water will help relieve your symptoms for the time being. This is something you can do on a regular basis as it is good for your skin, even if you don’t have Shingles or any type of rash. Cool compresses are also another great tool in helping alleviate your symptoms.
This may sound strange but stress has a lot to do with Shingles. People who are prone to stress and continually are under large amounts of stress for long periods of time tend to have longer lasting and more intense outbreaks of Shingles. Do what you can to relax. Take a nap, play a game, read a book; or play with your animals. Anything to get your mind off the problems of daily life can help.
Get Help From A Doctor
Your doctor is most likely going to prescribe you with multiple treatments at one time. There will be drugs to get rid of the virus, drugs to give you symptom relieve (such as swelling) and finally; drugs that help you with the pain. Most commonly, there will be three medications you will be taking. Again, make sure to follow the instructions to a T so you can get rid of your Shingles quickly.