Shingles is caused by the herpes zoster virus. It appears as a cluster of painful and itching blisters, but actually comes from the nerves in the area.
If you have pain and a blister-type rash, you should see your doctor within three days of noticing it. He can give you medication and advice about ways to treat the pain and itching, including instructions about how to use ice for treatment.
If you have shingles it is recommended that you treat the rash with ice along with whatever medication and other home remedies the doctor advises. Ice the area for 10 minutes at a time, at least every few hours.
Applying ice to the effected area will reduce the amount of pain you are feeling. It will also help control the itching.
Using ice to treat shingles will aid in the healing process, as well as be beneficial to your budget. Ice is easy to make, readily available when you need it and has no harmful side effects.