Just thought I would share the comments from a patient with severe pruritus associated with zoster.
“Thanks so much for the anti-itch “potion”—it got me through the wedding without looking like I had St. Vitus’ Dance. In case your friend wants any feedback on it, for me, it acted something like this: Touching the area to apply anything was exquisitely painful—kind of like stinging nettles, if you’ve ever been hiking and got them on you. In addition to the touch the first application on the shingles started to burn at an escalating rate (kind of like taking a hot pepper in your mouth, thinking it’s going to be ok, and then it starts building in intensity and starts to scare you)—just at the uh-oh-very-warm stage it stopped warming and turned cool! Then there was a measure of numbness, which was such a relief from the shingles pain that it gave me shivers at first. By late Friday night and the 3rd application I was beginning to feel like a junky waiting for the needle! By Saturday night even the pain of application was considerably eased, and I could put clothes on for first time without agony. Now the hive-like swelling has gone down and the whole area has shrunk and is beginning to dry up into the pox-like patches. The itching is more like tingling, and is mostly quite bearable. The pain all over the back is much less, although the deep pain and burning down my arms and back is not yet gone. Today is my last day of acyclovir (and my G-I tract says thanks for that fact), but I think the scourge is generally on the run (no pun intended….) Again, thank you both so much for my relief and management!”