What is the treatment for shingles?
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Shingles (or Herpes zoster - zoster for short) is a reactivation of a childhood chicken pox infection during adulthood. However, unlike the rash of chickenpox, which covers large parts of the body, the rash of shingles usually affects a small area of skin on one side of the body, appearing in rows like shingles on a roof.
Description of Shingles
A typical shingles rash follows the path of certain nerves on one side of the body - generally on the trunk, buttocks, neck, face or scalp - and usually stops abruptly at the midline. Shingles is common in the elderly and rarely seen ...more
The affected area should be kept clean. Bathing is permitted, and the area can be cleansed with soap and water. Cool compresses and anti-itching lotions, such as calamine lotion, may also provide relief. An aluminum acetate solution (Burow's or Domeboro solution, available at your pharmacy) can be used to help dry up the blisters and oozing.