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Is it OK to exercise when you have shingles?

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Do gentle exercises, such as walking or stretching. Light activity can help take your mind off the pain. Keep it simple though, and check with your doctor if you’re trying something new.

Eat nutritious food and have regular meals. Ask someone to make a run to the grocery store for fresh fruit and such if you’re not up for it.

Try to get a good night’s sleep and rest anytime you need to.

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

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

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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