Many shingles patients experience pain before they develop a rash or blisters. Within several days, the pain will become stronger or escalate into feelings of numbness or tingling. They might also experience itchy burning. Red patches on the skin will begin to appear, along with blisters. These blisters might burst, forming ulcers that are dry and become crusty. This crust should fall off on its own within two to three weeks, with permanent scarring being a rare occurrence. Aside from the side of the trunk and waistline, the rash may appear in other areas of the body, typically around face and ears.
I have been diagnosed with MCTD in 2008, been living with it by taking Azapress (Immuno suppressents, Altosec (Stomach), Amloc (heart) & Cherlafer (Iron deficiency). Got hit with Shingles on the left side of my face resulting in total eye closure, rash, pain and the 'itch'! First dose of anti virals, by a newbie doctor in hospital casualty, resulted in me losing 20% vision in the left eye. Now the Opthalmologist has me on Lovire 400mg x 2 (5 x daily), Maxidex drops 4 x daily & Optive plus 4 x daily. Tries Panado, Grand pa, Disprin (all useless when it comes to pain. Read here about Zyrtec (Cetirizine), and am going to try it ... The idea is to stay strong through the pain, God Bless & good luck. I feel your pain!
Shingles natural treatment involves choosing foods that boost the immune system, as well as the nervous system, along with skin health. Shingles natural treatment also includes what to avoid or at least, eat less of — these are the foods that not only can make an outbreak worse, but can keep it around longer. Essential oils can be helpful to shingles, especially their common symptom of pain. Plus, things like honey, oats and cool water are some of nature’s answers to soothing those shingles blisters. Last, but not least, stress reduction is key, not only to naturally treating shingles, but avoiding them in the first place!