Shingles: The one medicine you must AVOID or risk worse symptoms – Dr Ranj reveals

Shingles is an infection that causes a painful rash, and usually appears on the chest and tummy, according to the NHS.

The first signs of shingles include a tingling or painful feeling in a small patch of skin.

Shingles treatments can include a cool compress, or some painkillers for short-term relief.

But, patients should avoid ibuprofen, as it could make itching symptoms worse, warned ITV This Morning’s Dr Ranj.

“Shingles is the same family of viruses [as chicken pox], but different viruses,” explained Dr Ranj,

“Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus and tends to affect adults.

“Early signs are a temperature, feeling unwell, and developing spots.

“If you’ve got chicken pox, you’ve got to be careful around babies and pregnant women.

“It’s all symptomatic treatment; make sure you’re hydrated, take anti-fever pain control medicines.

“Avoid ibuprofen. Purely because we think it’s associated with complications.

Lying in a bath of oatmeal could help shingles patients to relieve their itching symptoms, said Dr Ranj.

Alternatively, try using a cold compress a few times a day, added the NHS.

A bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel works just as well, it said.

It’s crucial that patients keep their shingles rash clean and dry, as it lowers the risk of infection.

Therefore, avoid using dressings or plasters to cover up the rash.

Antibiotics creams could actually make the healing process longer, so patients should avoid using them.

The shingles rash appears as red blotches on the skin. It’s usually found on just one side of the body.

Shingles rashes can take up to four weeks to completely heal.

But, the skin can remain painful for weeks after the rash has disappeared.

A shingles vaccination is available on the NHS for people over the age of 70.

The vaccine lowers the risk of the viral infection. Even if patients do become infected, the symptoms are much milder.

Speak to a GP if you’re worried about the signs and symptoms of shingles.

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