Although it might seem like a nice, hot bath would help with nerve pain, in the case of shingles, your best bet is a cool soak in the tub. It’s not only soothing to the blisters, but also offers a prime chance to keep the rash clean, which will encourage better healing. While most topical products for shingles have a restriction on the number of uses per day, baths are an unlimited tool for remedying itchy, painful skin caused by shingles. Taking a cool bath with starch in it will also help dry out the blisters, sooth your skin, and relieve itching. Epsom salt is another soothing ingredient for bath time.
An oatmeal bath is a soothing, drying option as well. There are several packaged options for oatmeal baths, or you can make your own. Do not use pre-flavored oatmeal, as the sugar and flavoring will likely irritate your skin further. Opt for a large package of plain rolled oats, and grind them down to a powder. Combine the powder with warm water to create a smooth, milk-colored bath. As a bonus, any leftover dust can be used to sprinkle over shingles blisters to help keep them dry and prevent them from sticking to clothes or bed sheets.
Did you know...
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- Do you know what the strongest muscle in your body is? No, it’s not your biceps or your thighs. It’s actually in your head. The masseter is a muscle in the jaw that is used when chewing. When all of the muscles of the jaw work together, they can exert a force as strong as 200 pounds on the molars. That’s some serious pressure.
- Does your job make you stressed? We all know that stress is psychologically bad for you, but it also has an effect on…your allergies? A Harvard Medical School study has shown that stress causes your allergies to become worse because your body's defense response loses efficacy when repeatedly triggered by stress. Then, when you really need to physically fight something off, you're less able to!