Shingles - Effective Treatments

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Published: March 17

My shingles started with a burning sensation on my hairline, which was the beginning. So I went to my doctor and found out that it was shingles. My doctor prescribed valacyclovir hydrochloride. This is very important, get that medicine right away and it helps to dry you out and lessens the blisters. I had blisters on my hairline, forehead, and then towards my eyebrow and went under that brow. If it gets there make sure you have an ophthalmologist in case it gets on your eye lid. The worst place where my shingles were, was all on my scalp, felt like my hair was on fire. I took towels and soaked them in cold water and covered it on my head and repeated till I needed to. Also ask your doctor for bacitracin 500 ointment, it helps to heal..

Published: October 06

I get shingles on my left lower face. Same place always. It gets tender and then erupts. I always treated it with a mix of bag balm, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixed into a cream, heavy on baking soda. It took more than 10 days or more to heal. This time I started at first sign of tenderness. After 3 days it has gone away and never erupted. It's dry and a bit scaly and tenderness is gone with no sign of blisters or open wound. Hope I have found something that works..