Herpes zoster

  • Viral infection that affects the nerves
  • Symptoms may include a rash with groups of small blisters and severe pain usually involving one side of the body
  • Caused by reactivation of the chickenpox virus
  • Virus is spread through direct contact with the open sores only to individuals who have not had the chickenpox virus or vaccination
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in older adults and those with a weakened immunity
  • May be mild to severe with symptoms lasting weeks to months

FOR BLISTERS

  • Wash blister area 2 times a day with regular soap and water
  • Do not bandage on blisters
  • Apply cool compresses to blisters 3 times a day (32 0z/4 glasses of water to 1 oz /30 ml of vinegar)
  • Take cool baths with baking soda, uncooked oatmeal, or colloidal oatmeal
  • Apply calamine lotion to affected area
  • Over-the-counter medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Hydrocortisone cream
    • Diphenhydramine

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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