Shingles: 6 Ways to Treat the Itching
After getting a prescription medication from your doctor, try some of these home remedies to soothe the itching and heal the blisters caused by shingles.
1. Use Calamine Lotion
To help dry the blisters, apply calamine lotion as a treatment for the itching. As the wet solution evaporates from your skin, it also draws moisture from the blisters.
3. Use Baking Powder
A paste of baking powder and water will dry up blisters and soothe the itching. Add enough water to dry baking powder to create a paste, then apply it liberally to the affected area.
4. Try Epsom Salt
Another remedy for drying blisters and soothing inflammation is a paste made from Epsom salt and water. Apply directly to the affected area. Repeat as often as you wish.
5. Brew Some Tea
Brew a tea of lemon balm, an herb from the mint family that European studies suggest fights herpes viruses. To make it, boil 2 teaspoons dried herb in 1 cup boiling water. Use a cotton ball to dab it directly onto the affected areas. Some herbalists recommend bolstering the brew with rose oil or mints such as peppermint, spearmint, and sage.