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ER at The Lakes: A Department of Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center

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MountainView Hospital

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Sunrise Children's Hospital

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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.

Revision Information

  • 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.