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.
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.
DON’T PICK OR SCRATCH!
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!