Question for those who have had shingles.
Well, I made the decision not to get the newer shingles vaccine(s), and now I have shingles. I was actually relieved to get the diagnosis, nasty as it is, because it came after a week of awful nerve pain from my neck down my right arm, leaving me unable to sleep more than two hours at a time (I can see why sleep deprivation is used as an instrument of torture), and I was afraid no one would be able to figure out the cause. Oh, and that same week I got three tick bites.
Anyway, the blisters are on the back of my head. Fresh aloe vera gel really helps with the pain and itch, but I'm wondering if I should wash my hair. I've read that unscented soap should be used, but it's not clear whether washing is beneficial. I wouldn't mind wearing a cheap shower cap instead of washing it if the water isn't good for the blisters.
Since I can't see the blisters, I don't know their specific location. So I've been using the aloe all over the right side. Aloe vera turns yellow when it dries, and I'm sure my hair looks enchanting at this point. But that doesn't matter, as I'm not inclined to go anywhere right now.
I read that lemon balm is excellent for shingles. Fortunately, I have it growing all over the place, so I've been drinking lots of lemon balm tea. I also ordered a lemon balm ointment said to be good for the blisters, but it's oily and I like the aloe better.
Care to share your shingles experiences (with tips if you have them, please)? Thanks!