Nursing Interventions for Shingles


  1. Asses the patient’s level of discomfort and medicate as prescribed.
  2. Teach the patient to apply wet dressings and calamine lotion for soothing and cooling effect on inflamed tissue.
  3. Encourage diversional activities such as meditation or listening to soothing music to relieve the stress of the pain of the patient.
  4. Teach relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and imagery, to help control pain.
  5. Apply anti-bacterial ointments (after acute stages) as prescribed to soften and separate adherent crusts and prevent secondary infection.
  6. Take the medicine for your sores every 4 hours, even during nighttime hours, for 7 days or as prescribed.
  7. Teach the patient to use proper hand-washing techniques to avoid spreading herpes zoster virus and advise to trim the fingernails short.
  8. Advise the patient not to open the blister to avoid a secondary infection and scarring.
  9. Reassure the patient that shingles is a viral infection of the nerves.
  10. Advice patient to wash any soiled clothes or linens in hot water and soap.
  11. Try to encourage your patient to eat well since constant pain can affect your patient’s appetite.

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