You can lower the duration and pain of shingles by:
Taking care of the skin sores.
Don’t picking at or scratch the blisters. If they are left alone, blisters will crust over and just come off naturally.
Using cool, moist compresses can help ease the discomfort. Lotions, like calamine, can be applied after wet compresses.
Use cornstarch or baking soda to help dry the sores, making them heal faster.
Soak crusted sores with water or Burow’s solution to help clean the crusts, lower oozing, and dry and soothe the skin.
Ask the doctor about topical creams that can help lower the inflammation.
If your skin ends up infected, ask about prescription antibiotic creams or ointments.
Using medicines as prescribed to treat shingles or postherpetic neuralgia, the pain that you get for at least 30 days after the shingles rash heals.
Using nonprescription pain medicines, like acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen, for reducing the pain during an attack or pain created by postherpetic neuralgia. If you’re already taking a prescription pain medicine, be sure to talk to your doctor before using any over-the-counter pain medicine. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen (Tylenol), and taking too much acetaminophen can be harmful.
If home treatment remedies don’t help with the pain, talk to your doctor. Not getting the pain under control right away can generate nerve damage that can create pain that lasts for months or even years.