I've never had shingles myself.... but just thought I'd throw out some suggestions for the itching...
- oatmeal baths (you can buy things like Aveeno, or you can make your own... if you have oatmeal in the house, the oats type...not instant oatmeal... throw it in a blender, and make a powder out of it...use about 2cups in your warm bath)
- baths with baking soda. (1/2 to 1cup or so)
- calamine lotion
I don't want to say it, but better prepared than not. My grampa had shingles and unfortunately he felt pain for about 4months
But keep in mind, he was older.....
I'm assuming that the med is an anti-viral? If so, I did find this:
|Anti-viral drugs work best if started within three days of developing the shingles rash. This will minimize the extent and spread of the rash and minimize the pain associated with it. Blisters will also crust over and heal faster. Anti-viral drugs may also help to reduce the risk of developing chronic pain from shingles
If you believe in treating it naturally:http://www.bodybuildingforyou.com/ar...-treatment.htmhttp://altmedicine.about.com/od/heal...a/shingles.htm
(mainly in regards to diet...helping your body's immune system stay strong via foods/vitamins/etc.)
I hope you heal well and quickly.