Shingles is a painful infection of a nerve that can be debilitating – it’s more severe than chickenpox, which is caused by the same virus called varicella-zoster. Shingles typically strikes those over 50-years old who has already had chickenpox, with the virus reactivating.
While there are prescription antiviral medicines designed to tackle shingles, they really just take the edge off the pain and the duration of the virus. Non-prescription pain medications can also help, but here are six natural and drug-free ways to keep shingles under control (after you’ve sought medical advice)…
1. Baking Soda and Corn Starch
Is there anything baking soda can’t do? Well, for one, it can’t prevent you from getting shingles in the first place. However, Healthline.com notes that making a paste from these 2-ingredients can relieve some of the itching from the skin rash that comes with shingles.
The source suggests pouring 2-parts of cornstarch or baking soda into a cup with 1-part water to achieve the right consistency. Apply the paste directly to the rash, and rinse it off after 15-minutes or so. Since it’s all-natural, you can repeat this remedy as many times per day as needed.