Shingles is a painful viral infection that develops sore rash and blisters on the skin. These rashes can develop anywhere including on the face which can be a very agonizing experience. One of the worse things about shingles is that the pain can stay with you for a long period of time, including years when all your symptoms have disappeared, widely known as ‘postherpetic neuralgia.’ Having said that, there are adequate medication and remedies to treat shingles effectively if you receive the proper treatment.
Usually, shingles are not that severe, and the mild symptoms can be treated without the help of a doctor. However, having shingles on your face is especially dangerous. If you have rashes around eyes that are sore, you must run to your doctor at the earliest, as it can lead to permanent eye damage. An early treatment is particularly crucial for people with weak immune systems. The risk of having other related bacterial skin infections increase when you have shingles. There is also a risk of damage to the eyes and ears, and a facial paralysis. Hence, you must consult your doctor and follow the treatment religiously to avoid complications. You must not take any chances if you shingles on the face.
Depending on the severity of your case, your doctor will plan out a treatment. Anti-virals are a usual choice, alongside anti-inflammatory drugs. More powerful drugs may be necessary if the pain persists. Topical lotions and antibiotic ointments are important to ensure that the blisters stay dry and heal quickly. Injections of vitamin B12 provide pain relief.
Besides these, there are some easy, self-help, natural remedies that can be followed at home in order to relieve pain and itching of rashes on the face. Firstly, you don’t want the infection to spread or make way for any bacterial attacks, so keep your rashes clean and dry. Apply ice packs and cool towels to your face regularly. Apply fresh pulp of aloe vera along with some cayenne pepper in it. Coconut oil, olive oil or eucylyptus oil are other good options. You can gently massage the skin of your face with these natural oils.
If the blisters are really sore, opt for cotton balls dipped in coconut oil and aloe vera and rub it all over the affected area. Use peppermint oil or lemon oil, which not only relieve pain but also work against viruses. This has several advantages?it relieves pain, keeps the skin dry by absorbing moisture, and helps the blisters to heal quickly.
Maintaining a good diet is another important aspect of good shingles treatment. Eat as much fresh fruits and vegetables as you possibly can for 1 to 2 weeks. Try to add oatmeal in your diet. Eliminate sugar, caffeine and meat from your diet. Alkaline water speeds your recovery. Green tea has great anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties and will increase overall health as well.
Thus, you can successfully treat shingles on your face with the help of your doctor and these natural methods. Good medication, along side effective, organic oils and healthy diet tips is the best treatment remedy for shingles.