Contact your physician immediately if you are in extreme pain as there are antiviral medications such as Valtrex and Famvir which can be prescribed for pain. Other medications such as oxycodone and lidocaine can be prescribed for pain relief as well as antihistamines. Pain medicines such as aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprophen can help control the pain and calamine lotion can be applied to open skin lesions to reduce pain and itching. Anesthetics such as benzocaine can be applied directly to the skin for pain relief. Anesthetics, however, will cause all skin coming into contact with the product to be numb so if the anesthetic is applied to the skin around the shingle it will be numb until it wears off. Capsacian cream which can be purchased at drug stores, can be applied directly to a skin lesion if it has crusted over but will cause a burning or stinging sensation to the unaffected area around the lesion. When applying capsacian cream you should wear rubber gloves and be careful to contain it to the affected area.
Emergency Treatment for Shingles
For quick relief, cool compresses on the skin will help relieve pain as well as taking an oatmeal bath. Aveeno Oatmeal Bath products can be purchased at drug store or grocery stores but you can also make a quick inexpensive oatmeal bath at home using 4 cups of oatmeal and 4 cups of cornstarch. Put the oatmeal in a blender and grind to a fine powder consistency. Place the oatmeal powder and cornstarch in a large bowl and mix well to evenly distribute the mixture. Put 1 cup of the mixture in lukewarm bathwater and soak the affected skin area to get pain relief. Put the remaining powder mixture in a container for future baths. Oatmeal baths are safe to use often and add moisture to the skin.