Q&A: How do you shower with shingles?

Question by a4cavallo: How do you shower with shingles?
Hi I’m 19 years old, and I just got diagnosed with shingles. I’m already experiencing some pain, but I defenitely am in need of a shower. Are there any rules regarding showering while having shingles? Also, any tips on how to make the shower less painful? Thanks a lot!

Best answer:

Answer by jenivive
dont. take a bath or sponge bath. the pressure from the shower will hurt too much and cause more unnecessary pain and discomfort

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4 Responses to Q&A: How do you shower with shingles?

  1. dorim_99 says:

    Shower like normal. You might want to be careful of the rash if you have one. Don’t aim the shower right at the painful parts.

  2. King_Almighty says:


    Read the 3rd 4th 5th and 6th paragraph uder the title

    “How does one go about living with herpes?”

  3. Kam says:

    I had them and was able to shower like normal. Definitely go to the doctors for antibiotics and pain medication if you haven’t already. Insist on the pain medication, they really hurt without it.

  4. HEAL ONESELF says:

    Hi There

    Here are some other ideas on how to heal them.

    Shingles can be due to chicken pox (in children), pleurisy, Bell`s palsy, herpes simplex, appendicitis, colic, gallstones, colitis, trigeminal neuralgia, or contact dermatitis. All of these conditions must be screened for and, if present, properly treated to provide lasting relief from shingles.

    Caution: Shingles eruptions that last longer than two weeks can be a sign of underlying immune problems or cancer (particularly Hodgkin`s disease), and therefore require immediate medical attention. .


    Natural Cures

    Aromatherapy: Massage the essential oils of lemon, geranium, bergamot, eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender, or chamomile along the affected area.

    Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet that emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables and minimizes carbohydrates (avoiding refined carbohydrates and sugars altogether).

    Flower Essences: Crab Apple.

    Herbs: Combine equal parts of oat straw, St. John`s wort, and skullcap tinctures and take one teaspoon of this mixture four times a day. Peppermint oil applied topically can also help reduce pain, unless the skin is excessively dry, in which case it is contraindicated.

    Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Arsen alb., Rhus tox., Sepia, Natrum mur., Hepar sulph., Caladium, and Acidum nit.

    Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
    *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

    Juice Therapy: Drink carrot and celery juice with one tablespoon of parsley juice once or twice each day.

    Nutritional Supplementation: At the first sign of outbreak, apply zinc oxide along the path of the affected nerve area two to three times daily. Other helpful nutrients include L-lysine, vitamin B-complex, vitamin B12, BHT, calcium, and high doses of vitamin C plus bioflavonoids. Topical application of vitamin E can also be helpful. Snake vaccine made from venom has also been known to take away the pain of shingles.

    Topical Treatment: Apply apple cider vinegar to the affected area.

    Alternative Professional Care
    If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating shingles: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Detoxification Therapy, Energy Medicine (Light Beam Generator, Ondamed, TENS), Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Neural Therapy, Orthomolecular Medicine (Vitamin B12 injections combined with adenosine monophosphate), Oxygen Therapy (Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy, Ozone), and Reflexology

    Best of health to you

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