What home remedies can relieve the pain of shingles?

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine
There are some good medications that can help with shingles pain if given within 72 hours of when the blisters appear.  In addition there are some home remedies that may be helpful.  Cool packs with ice water placed for 20 minutes at a time may be helpful (20 minutes on and 20 minutes off).  Using cold milk packs may also be effective. 

Once the blisters have healed, cayenne pepper cream that you can get over the counter may decrease the pain.  It is called capsaicin or Zostrix.  Regardless of how you choose to treat shingles it is very important that you consult with your doctor.

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