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Relieving Shingle Pain and Itch with Aloe Vera

Updated on April 28, 2011

Shingles are caused by the same type of virus that causes chicken pox. Many people get chicken pox and later shingles. Shingle attacks can happen more than once. Shingles leaves very painful sores on your upper torso, usually your back and chest. There are prescription medications available, but there are also many people who cannot afford them and are looking for some relief.

If the shingles appear infected or if you have any signs of infection or shingles massively spreading seek medical attention. If you cannot afford medical attention or do not have insurance -- go anyway!

Aloe Vera is a powerful skin healer. It is to some extent a natural topical pain reliever. An aloe Vera plant's gel like secretions are soothing and rich. Aloe Vera also helps to relieve the painful itching associated with Shingles. Aloe Vera is known to promote skin healing. All of these factors in combination help those suffering with Shingles suffer a little less.

Use fresh Aloe Vera if possible. If you do not have an Aloe Vera plant borrow one from someone or buy one. If you buy bottled or jarred Aloe Vera, choose a good quality one without additives.

Gently clean the Shingles affected area with purified water and sterile gauze. Dab at the sores gently. Do not rub or be rough you will cause skin damage.

Break off a piece of the fresh Aloe Vera plant. Cut the stem in half lengthwise. Dab the oozing Aloe Vera gel on the Shingles sores. Repeat as needed up to 3 to 4 times per day.

Discard the Aloe stem after use. Shingles are highly contagious.

Wash your hands frequently to avoid spreading the virus to friends and family members.

Do not share towels with anyone when you have Shingles.

Wash towels, clothing and bedding in hot water often while you are affected by Shingles.

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