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what are some of the do and don't while suffering for a shingle outbreak to help relieve the pain

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my mother is diabetic and is suffering with the shingles she is in horrible pain at time she can't be touched her skin is so sensitive. should she aviod sunlight or is being outside okay some day she is able to deal with the pain other days she can't is there something she may be doing that makes the pain worst...or come back the next day worst that before...     

Thank You
asked in Alternative Medicine by Kristylob (130 points)

1 Answer

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Here are few tips:

- Keep the affected area clean. Keep the affected area clean, dry, and exposed to air as much as possible. Don't scratch or burst the blisters.

- Apply wet, cool compresses to reduce pain.

- Get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activities.

- Avoid stress, which can worsen pain. Relaxation techniques, including listening to music or doing tai chi, might help.

- Dust colloidal oatmeal powder (which is available over the counter) where clothes rub against skin or take a warm bath with colloidal oatmeal may reduce itch and pain.

An episode of shingles usually heals on its own within a few weeks, but prompt treatment can ease pain, speed healing and reduce risk of complications. Consult physician.
answered by Brian (4,750 points)

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