5 Home Remedies for Shingles

Shingles comes from the chickenpox virus which does not disappear completely from the body. It can remain hidden for years until a situation of stress or weakened immune systems (organ transplant, diseases like cancer or AIDS) causes an outbreak of herpes. In other words, this condition only affects people who have had chickenpox.

Shingles usually starts with pain or a tingling sensation that then progresses to a rash that develops into an ampoule. These last five days and four weeks after leaving a scab and disappear.

One feature of shingles is that only appears on one side of the body in strip form being the most affected areas chest, buttocks and face.

Once the blisters dry, may appear, in some cases, called postherpetic neuralgia which is a sharp, piercing pain that can persist for years after an attack of shingles.

Home Remedies

  1. Remedy for Shingles # 1: Apply a wet dressing in a severe rash. You do this by dipping a common towel or bathing in cold water, wring and apply to the affected area.
  2. Remedy for shingles # 2: Place a handful of cornstarch or colloidal oatmeal bath water in the tub. Being in the water for 20 minutes before bedtime which will help with the itching.
  3. Remedy for shingles # 3: Apply undiluted hydrogen peroxide on blisters if they are infected.
  4. Remedy for shingles # 4: Spread pure honey or fresh leek juice over the rash several times a day to relieve itching.
  5. Remedy for shingles # 5: Boil for 5 minutes, 50 g. verbena. Then spread on a pure linen cloth and placed on the affected skin. Repeat the action once the cloth is dry.


Eating foods rich in vitamin C and B complex, as both are encouraging both for the immune system as for nervousness.

Avoid anything more hot blistered skin, which could increase the pain.

Do not break blisters as it could leave marks on the skin and greater discomfort.

Avoid people with some type of immunological problem, patients with transplants and very young children, since they could be infected by varicella herpes zoster.

Wear loose cotton clothing, since other materials, mainly synthetic textiles, will cause a sensation of heat and itching in the area.

Learn to relax through self-hypnosis, imagery visualization techniques, or meditation to more effectively manage pain.

Avoid temperature changes or drafts, and they send signals to nerve endings that trigger pain.

Exposing the affected area to sunlight for short intervals to speed the healing process.

Visiting a doctor if:

  • It feels excruciating pain as it can do irreversible damage to nerves.
  • When the blisters of shingles near the eyes out or appear on the sides of the nose as it could cause eye problems or attack the nerves near the eyes.