How should I cleanse my skin if I have herpes zoster?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Dermatologists strongly recommend that people with herpes zoster (otherwise known as shingles) get good treatment to prevent complications from the virus that causes this condition. When you meet with your doctor, he or she will likely have specific recommendations for how to cleanse your skin. Your doctor may recommend that you use gentle cleansers that are fragrance-free and irritant-free. If your itching is very bad, your doctor may also recommend cool baths to relieve it.

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