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How to Prevent Scarring From Shingles

author image Christopher Godwin
Christopher Godwin is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. He spent his formative years as a chef and bartender crafting signature dishes and cocktails as the head of an upscale catering firm. He has since ventured into sharing original creations and expertise with the public. Godwin has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction in publications like "Spork Magazine," "Cold Mountain Review" and "From Abalone To Zest."
How to Prevent Scarring From Shingles
Natural aloe vera gel can help to keep the smooth moist and supple.

According to, shingles is a viral infection that causes a rash on the skin. Caused by the dormant varicella-zoster virus that causes chicken pox, shingles can be very painful and unsightly for some people. While total prevention of scarring from shingles may be impossible in severe cases, there are some things you can do to help keep prevent scars.

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Step 1

Wash your skin regularly with cool water and a non-drying soap. Is not only gives much-needed moisture to your skin, it will also keep you from spreading the virus to others. Make sure to always use clean towels or disposable towels.

Step 2

Use an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen or naproxen as needed. This will keep you from scratching and touching your skin when it becomes itchy or particularly painful, which can result in scarring.

Step 3

Apply anti-itch cream, calamine lotion or aloe vera gel on a regular basis to keep your skin moist and supple. You may have to try a few different topical remedies to see which is best for your skin type.

Step 4

Take a cold bath several times per day, or apply cold compress to your skin to relieve itching and keep your skin from drying out and flaking.

Step 5

Eat properly. Poor nutrition can lead to slower immune response and prevent your skin from healing as quickly as possible. Adding fish that contain omega-3 fatty acids like tuna, salmon or halibut can help to reduce inflammation and dry skin according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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