Which Over-the-Counter Cream Should You Use for Shingles Pain?

Over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams can be used for shingles pain. Calamine-based anti-itch lotions, creams and gels can also be used to reduce pain and itching, says Everyday Health.

Hydrocortisone cream helps relieve inflammation and itching caused by the shingles rash but does not treat the root problem, which is a viral infection, explains Everyday Health. There are various brands of hydrocortisone cream on the market, and the cream should be applied as indicated on the individual product instructions.

Calamine lotion, and lotions made with calamine, can also be applied to the skin to reduce pain and itching. Some people may experience allergic reactions to hydrocortisone cream and calamine lotion. It is always a good idea to discuss the use of such medications with a doctor first, advises Everyday Health.