Shingles: Tips for managing

When talking about shingles, dermatologists recommend the following to their patients:

Pain relief

To relieve the pain and itching of shingles, you can:
  • Cool the rash with ice packs, cool wet cloths, or cool baths.
  • Apply calamine lotion to the blisters.
  • Cover the rash with loose, non-stick, sterile bandages.
  • Wear loose cotton clothes around the body parts that hurt.

Prevention

A shingles vaccine is available for people ages 50 years and older. The benefits of getting this vaccine include the following:

  • In one study, this vaccine lowered the risk of getting shingles by 50 percent.
  • If you develop shingles after getting the vaccine, you are likely to have less pain.

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