Steve has had quite a week with the shingles. He was itching horribly, then started having shooting pains. We tried everything we could think of or that was suggested to us. Finally on Monday night we took Steve to the ER to get things under control. Steve was discharged at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning feeling much better. We had used so many different kinds of topical creams that we had broken down the skin. (I do not see a future in nursing - Nurse Mary cares but is sadly lacking in knowledge) We are now trying the "leave it alone" and "expose it to the air" method along with pain and itch medications.
The pain is better, but flares occasionally. The itching is still a problem. Today our GP gave us a new RX to try for the itching. We continue to experiment.