What is an anti-itch treatment for shingles?

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Shingles is a nerve infection that causes an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin. It is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, which can remain dormant in nerve roots for several years and flare up when your immune system is compromised or when you're feeling stressed. Because the shingles virus travels along the nerve to reach the skin, it can be very painful in addition to causing itching or numbness. Various topical creams can help relieve the itching associated with shingles.

Hydrocortisone cream

Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion may provide relief for some people. Adding essential oils such as lavender may also help; lavender is antiviral and can help relieve pain. Choose an OTC cream with at least 1% hydrocortisone, such as Aveeno Maximum Strength Anti-Itch Cream or Cortaid Maximum Strength Anti-Itch Cream. If you experience severe itching, an oral antihistamine such as benadryl may also help.

Peaceful Mountain Shinglederm Rescue Plus Cream

This all-natural gel contains herbs that have been traditionally used for antiviral and pain-relieving properties. Shinglederm Rescue Plus Cream has been shown to provide relief for nearly four hours and help shingles sufferers fall asleep. It contains arnica, willow, and lavender for pain relief, and St. John's Wort, which is antiviral, anti-inflammatory and can help soothe nerve pain. St. John's Wort can also be taken internally in the form of a tincture.


Terrasil is a non-prescription all-natural salve containing ingredients that can kill the shingles virus and provide relief from itching. Terrasil contains jojoba oil to soothe and moisturise skin, organic beeswax to reduce inflammation and redness, essential oils to remove toxins, and a patented blend of germ-killing minerals designed to kill the virus and reduce the duration of symptoms.

Iren's Secret Shingles Cream

This all-natural topical formula helps reduce pain, itching, inflammation and discomfort associated with shingles. It claims to stimulate blood circulation and promote faster healing with no adverse side effects. Apply a small amount to clean skin at bedtime. It can also be used to prevent recurrence by using on the area where you are prone to shingles flare-ups.

MagniLife Shingles Recovery Cream

Made of natural herbs and homeopathic ingredients, this skin cream is a deep-penetrating, fast-acting formula that can help calm inflamed nerve endings and relieve pain, itching and inflammation. It contains comfrey extract and tea tree oil to soothe and heal skin. Apply generously as needed.

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