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Are cold compresses good for shingles?

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Run a washcloth under cool water and place it on your blisters for about 20 minutes at a time. Not only can this relieve itching, it also keeps your blisters clean. That helps you avoid a skin infection.

If your blisters aren’t oozing anymore, stop using cold compresses.

When you're using creams or patches on your rash, don’t use compresses at the same time.

From: 7 Simple Self-Care Tips for Shingles WebMD Medical Reference

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Mayo Clinic: “Shingles.”

National Health Service (NHS): “Shingles.”

CDC: “Shingles (Herpes Zoster).”

PubMed: “Colloidal Oatmeal: history, chemistry, and clinical properties.”

NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “Shingles: Hope Through Research.”

NIH, National Institute on Aging, “Shingles.”

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Management.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 13, 2016

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Shingles.”

National Health Service (NHS): “Shingles.”

CDC: “Shingles (Herpes Zoster).”

PubMed: “Colloidal Oatmeal: history, chemistry, and clinical properties.”

NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “Shingles: Hope Through Research.”

NIH, National Institute on Aging, “Shingles.”

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Management.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 13, 2016

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