In agreement with the Herpes Zóster Latin America Working Group, sponsored by FIDEC, a non-profit American organization, which provides resources to develop programs for the fight against infectious diseases in emerging countries, and FUNCEI, Foundation of the Center for Infectious Studies, propose a series of tips for people who care for patients with herpes zoster or postherpetic neuralgia.
Among these measures, designed to alleviate the pain of the loved one and simplify their task, include:
- Consult the doctor if the pain treatment is not working. Each patient responds differently to a certain medication; The doctor can increase the dose, change the drugs to relieve pain or eventually recommend a pain specialist. It is important to inform the doctor if new symptoms appear since some pain medications may have adverse effects, especially in older people who follow another type of medication.
- Keep the theme of clothing in mind, loose and fresh, or, in case of cold, patients should stay warm.
- When approaching to touch the patient, avoid doing it in the areas where the pain is concentrated and stimulate it to eat correctly and to rest enough.
- Do not be careless. As a caregiver you also need adequate food, enough rest and exercise relaxation techniques. Do not give up your social life, even if it means leaving the patient alone for a few hours. Try to maintain or start activities that give you pleasure and that you enjoy.