Self help for shingles virus

I've read lots of self help tips for managing shingles pain and hastening the recovery from the shingles virus. Following is a list I compiled of potential shingles treatments:
  • Tagament (Cimetidine) 200mg 3x per day and 400mg at bedtime
  • Lysine supplements
  • Suppressing arginine consumption
  • Ice packs alternated with warm baths / moist (not dry) heat
  • Bee pollen (4 teaspoons once a day)
  • Apple cider vinegar dabbed on rash several times per day
  • Cayenne pepper cream on rash
  • Cod liver oil (immune system booster)
  • Vitamin C (immune system booster)
  • Manuka honey (some put it on rash, some ingest it; has antiviral/antibacterial properties)
  • Olive leaf extract (must be prepared to drink a lot of water if trying this)
  • Lidoderm / Lidocaine patches (can use up to 3 simultaneously, must not place over rash)
I've been trying all of the above. At week 4, I don't seem to be any better. Still waking up in the wee hours of the morning in a great deal of pain. On the plus side, I recently had a 48 hour break from pain which is by far the longest I've gone yet. However, it didn't last and when the pain did come back, it was as bad (if not worse) than before.

In fact, sadly, when the pain came back none of the shingles pain remedies I had successfully used before did any good. This included ice packs, soaking in a warm bath, and applying multiple Lidoderm patches.

I know I'm not very encouraging and I'm really sorry about that. I wish the news was better. I know there are a lot of folks out there also suffering who would like to find out that something - anything - works. I plan to continue all of the above methods, while also looking for something more effective.

I'll keep you posted.


  1. makes me feel better to know others have the same issues

  2. A lot of people do not know and for some unknown reason doctor's don't prescribe it unless you ask specifically for it...but Gaba Pectin works incredibly for the pain cause by shingles. Should take it immediately because you need to build it up in your system. Give it 3days to be at full strength dose.