Shingles is an infection caused by the same virus that gives you the chickenpox. It appears on your skin as a painful rash and it last between 2 and 4 weeks. Shingles symptoms are pretty hard to handle: pain, burning sensation, itching, and all-around discomfort which can be overbearing.
The eruption of blisters usually happens on the trunk of your body, alongside the peripheral nerve which sometimes can be accompanied by fever.
Shingles usually happen to those who had chickenpox earlier in life. As the virus is staying dormant in the body it can reactivate after 20-30 years due to stress, food allergies, liver exhaustion, constipation and high doses of caffeine.
Since itching is one the worst symptoms when dealing with shingles, most shingles-sufferings are looking forward for some remedies to control itching. Below, there are a few handy and natural remedies that you can use to control itching when dealing with shingles.
Baking Soda Is The Best Natural Itch Soother
With just the right amount of water, you can turn that baking soda into a cool paste that takes the itch and burn out of your shingles blisters.
Apple Cider Vinegar
It’s a natural antiseptic that can clean those shingles sores and speed up the scabbing process. Mix a half cup of warm honey with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Apply it to sores (avoiding any that are open and/or oozing) with a soft cloth and let it sit for just a few minutes. It may sting a little as it disinfects. Rinse off with lukewarm water and repeat as often as you like.
Aloe is nature’s best moisturizer. If you have an aloe vera plant, you are in luck. Simply cut off a leaf and gently rub the gel inside the leaf onto those sore blisters.
Bonus Tip: Milk Will Relieve Shingles Pain and Itch
Need something to soothe the itch? Look no further than your refrigerator. Grab a soft wash cloth or clean sponge and saturate it in cold skim milk. Squeeze it out until it’s soaked but not dripping and place it gently over any problem areas. The milk should create a thin, film of protein to help protect and ease sensitive skin.
One of the best remedies to get rid of shingles itch and at the same time to speed up healing is definitely Tea Tree Oil and Coconut Oil:
- Tea tree oil
- Coconut oil
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
1. Mix 2 drops of tea tree oil and mix with ¼ teaspoon of coconut oil.
2. Rub the mixture on affected areas of shingles.
3. Keep it on for 1-2 hours.
4. It’s better to apply this remedy before going to bed and let it work overnight.