What You Shouldn’t Do When You Have Shingles

When it comes to treating shingles, there are a lot of things that you should avoid. Shingles take so much out of a person, when you have them you will find that you are exhausted, in pain, and your immune system is severely compromised. Here are some things not to do when you have shingles.

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The Most Important Things to Not Do When You Have Shingles!

Don’t Ignore the SIGNS of SHINGLES

Don’t assume your rash and pain aren’t shingles because you are too young.  Shingles can happen to anyone at any age.

Don’t Expose SHINGLES TO High-Risk Groups

Shingles can be contagious.  Don’t expose high-risk groups like infants and pregnant women. If you can, take time off your job to concentrate on healing.

Don’t Try to Continue Your Daily Activities With Shingles

People with shingles need rest and not getting the proper amount will prolong your outbreak.  You might become susceptible to other infections since shingles ravages the immune system.  

Stay home and concentrate on getting better! Trust me, your coworkers will thank you!

Don’t wear tight clothing

With shingles, your skin will need to breathe and the rash itself is extremely painful.  Tighter clothes will only exacerbate the pain.  Wear loose cotton-based clothing.

Don’t AVOID home remedies

Don’t ignore home remedies even if you are taking anti-viral medicine. Try cornstarch and baking soda paste to ease the itchiness of your rash.  Pour a tablespoon of cornstarch or baking soda into a cup. Add one part of water to get the desired consistency for the paste. Gently pat the paste onto your rash. Rinse it off after 10 minutes. Repeat several times a day as needed.

Also, do take L-Lysine supplements. Lysine is thought to help because it inhibits the growth of the Herpes zoster virus. I personally found that Vitamin C supplements also helped me heal faster!

Don’t eat foods that contain sugar and arginine

Arginine feeds the shingles virus. It’s also really important to avoid arginine-rich foods like chocolate, nuts, and refined carbs. Avoid foods and juices with a high amount of sugar and incorporate more vegetables and fresh juice into your diet.


For me, it was torture when my rash began to itch. Remember to try not to scratch or pick at the blisters. They will crust over and fall off on their own if you leave them alone.

Shingles can feel like the world is ending but you can choose to look at it as a warning to slow down and put yourself first. Remember it’s only temporary and you will get through it!


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  1. I find your article very useful….thank you. My rash usually comes out on the back of my legs or buttocks. But now it came out under my nose. I did eat a lot of nuts as we have a huge walnut tree and it is the season for it. I do eat chocolate and dairy….it makes me very tired as the burning continues. But now I will stop the chocolate and nuts and dairy and see if it will help me. I will also ask my pharmacist for Lysine. hope I can find it in Greece. Thanks again

  2. Nuts,some seafood food products such as arctic surf clams and catfish must be avoided.

    1. Yes! Thank you!

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