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How can transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) help with treating shingles?

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Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) uses tiny electrical pulses to relieve pain. It doesn’t hurt.

You can find a TENS unit at a drugstore or online. It’s about the size of a smartphone and comes with patches called electrodes. You put them on the painful area and turn the unit on and off as your pain comes and goes.

For some people, it eases the pain that can linger after shingles. There are even some reports that it may help with the shingles outbreak itself.

From: What Else Helps With Shingles? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 08, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/08/2018

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Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Acupuncture," “Fibromyalgia” and “Shingles.”

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

National Health Service (NHS): “Shingles.”

PubMed: “  antiviral activity of honey against varicella zoster virus (VZV): A translational medicine study for potential remedy for shingles,” “Medical use of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO),” “TENS -- an alternative to antiviral drugs for acute herpes zoster treatment and postherpetic neuralgia prevention,” “Wet cupping therapy for treatment of herpes zoster: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials.” In vitro

Columbia Neurosurgeons: “Postherpetic Neuralgia.”

University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing: “Moxibustion” and "What is Qi? (and Other Concepts).”

Beth Israel University Hospital and Manhattan Campus for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine: “Post-Herpetic Neuralgia.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Chlorophyll,” “Cupping,” “DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide),” “Light Therapy,” “Moxibustion,” “Papain.”

National Eczema Association, “Phototherapy.”

Encyclopedia Britannica, “Papain.”

Oxford Journals, “Rheumatology: A brief history of acupuncture.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 08, 2018

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