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SHINGLES

Shingles (herpes zoster) consists of an outbreak of a rash or blisters on one’s skin that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles are often first recognized through a few symptoms such as burning or tingling pain. Other times, symptoms can include numbness or itch, in one particular location on only one side of the body. After about a week’s time, a rash of fluid-filled blisters appears in one area on one side of the body which is similar to chickenpox. Shingles pain can be both mild and intense. Most people experience itching and for others, pain can stem from the gentlest touch.

A person can only get shingles (Herpes Zoster) if they have previously had chickenpox. Reason being is that after having chickenpox the virus lies dormant in the nerves. When it is revitalized in one particular nerve to the skin the shingles occur. For this reason, shingles are typically located in a band, called a dermatome, spanning one side of the trunk around the waistline

Shingles are typically caused by a decrease in your body's natural tolerance which may be the result of other infections, stress or fatigue.
Shingles are typically distinguished from chickenpox (or dermatitis or poison ivy) by the way the spots are distributed. With shingles, the rash usually appears in a well-defined band on one side of the body. In most cases, the rash usually begins as clusters of small bumps that eventually develop into fluid-filled blisters called vesicles. The blisters will then fill with pus (pustules), break open, and crusty scabs will be formed. After about a month and a half, the scabs fall off, the skin heals and the pain tapers off.

While most people make a healthy recovery from shingles, the time spent being affected can be quite painful. To speed up the recovery, here are some natural treatments I recommend.

First on the list is capsaicin, which works by stimulating and then exhausting the nerve-related transmitter that sends pain messages to your brain called Substance P. Application of capsaicin for two to three days should result in the pain subsiding. Because the cream itself is irritating to the skin, be sure to to start with a tiny amount. If a high-strength concentration causes burning, switch to a lower strength.

Next up is Vitamin B12. In his book Nutritional Influences on Illness, Dr. Melvyne Werbach reports that in a research study, 21 patients suffering with herpes zoster showed a dramatic improvement in symptoms after Vitamin B 12 therapy. By the second or third day of treatment, using 1 mg injection of B12 per day, their pain was relieved and blisters rapidly disappeared.

Studies have shown vitamin B12 to shorten the duration of herpes outbreaks and reduce pain when taken in sublingual.

Third on the list is Lysine and Alpha-Lipoic Acid. Taking 1,000 mg a day of Lysine and 50 mgs twice a day of Alpha-Lipoic Acid can help eliminate the recurrence of shingles.

Last but definitely not least is Vitamin C. The moment you are diagnosed, make it your business to go to your local health supplement store and pick up a bottle. Vitamin C’s potency at halting herpes viruses has been studied for over 50 years. One early study involved 321 patients suffering with herpes zoster that were all completely cured after three days of intravenous vitamin C. In fact, seven patients reported complete pain relief within two hours of the first treatment. Treating shingles with vitamin C intravenously is much more effective than taking orally. However, if you don't have a doctor willing to perform the treatment, I recommend taking vitamin C in gram doses until relief is obtained.

 

When you were younger, you may have experienced chicken pox. What you probably don’t know is, although you’ve recovered from it, the virus (Herpes Zoster) remained dormant in the body. Basically, it stays dormant in the nerves of some parts of your body. In later years, the virus becomes active again – the cause for this is not yet known.  During this time, you can pass the virus to anybody who may or may not have experienced chickenpox during their childhood. Shingles may occur in different ages – for some, they may experience it in their late 30’s and some in their 60’s. People who are prone to Shingles are those who have weak immune system or those possibly weakened by a disease or condition or due to certain medications taken during the course of an illness.

Herpes Zoster is a self limiting virus which will disappear within 3-5 weeks. The most crucial time that Shingles become contagious is before the blisters begin to desiccate and form a crust. But when the blisters have finally dried and crusted, you don’t need to be alarmed anymore. Blisters form along the trail of your nerves which is found anywhere in your body – it could be possibly in the neck, at your back or torso, face or even in your hands and forearms.

Complications

Since shingles can cause damage to the nerves in your body, pain from Shingles may last from months to years. Complications that may occur due to Shingles are:

  • Another Shingles outbreak
  • Deafness
  • Sepsis
  • Bacterial infections on the skin

Natural Remedies for Shingles

While the virus may be self-limiting, it is important that you have ways and means to stay comfortable throughout the uncomfortable period of illness. What are some of the natural remedies that could help you recover and deal with the itch? Here are 7 natural treatment remedies to help you or your loved one get through Shingles.

  • Cool Wet Compresses

Applying cool, wet compresses will help lessen your pain and itch. This will help you find relief from the symptom of pain. You apply this when necessary or whenever you feel like you cannot anymore tolerate the pain and itch. This will also help clean your body which is very important when you have shingles, so as to prevent the blisters in your body from being infected.

  • Oatmeal or starch baths

Oatmeal and starch baths can also relieve you from the discomfort of the pain brought about by the ulcers and itchiness on your body. Colloidal Oatmeal bath is also good for other itchy conditions such as eczema, sunburn and even dry skin. Not only does this help relieve the symptom of itchiness, it will also leave your skin feeling smooth, soft and moisturized.

  • Capsaicin Lotion

Capsaicin Lotion contains the main component of cayenne pepper, an element which makes cayenne pepper hot. This is applied to the blisters and will help soothe you from the itchiness and also with the discomfort.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is not only good for cooking and for salads but is also good as a natural remedy for certain ailments and skin conditions such as shingles. Applying it on your skin over the blister will also relieve you from the itchiness, the pain and the discomfort. This can also help your blisters heal fast.

  • Aloe Vera Juice

If you have aloe vera planted in your garden, you may use the plant to manage shingles. Fresh aloe vera juice is good for your sun burnt skin since it hydrates your skin and it has a naturally cooling effect on your body – and this is true when it comes to shingles. If you apply an ample amount onto your skin with blisters, this becomes one of your quick fix remedy. As a result, this alleviates you from the pain and itch that you feel. Not only is this a natural remedy but this is also a cheap alternative if you can’t afford to buy topical pain relievers. Not only did you save money but you also saved yourself from the pain and discomfort.

  • Vitamin B12

Taking Vitamin B-complex or Vitamin B12 is good for your health especially for your nerves. Like the ones mentioned above, this will help you from the pain and it will also help with the drying of the crusts as this promotes healing of the rash associated with shingles. Vitamin B has been known to help strengthen the function of the immune system thereby and promote cell growth.  It has also been implicated in healthy, glowing skin.

  • Vitamin C

When you are sick, it is but natural for you to ingest foods that will help you get through and help you boost your immune system. Vitamin C is the most popular among all the other Vitamins in terms of boosting the immune system. It also helps with the absorption of other elements such as iron. There are vitamin C supplements in the market, but this particular type of vitamin can be found in the foods that we eat.  Examples of foods that are abundant in vitamin C include sweet potatoes, berries, peppers, Brussels sprouts, orange, cauliflower, and honeydew.

Other Tips to Keep in Mind

These natural remedies will help alleviate pain and itchiness that one experiences from shingles.  But keep in mind that these cannot solely cure you of the condition. As much as topical treatments are needed, here are a few more tips to keep in mind when dealing with shingles:

  • Staying well hydrated and doing frequent exercise are also important.
  • People who suffer from shingles have problems with digesting foods and absorbing nutrients. And that is the reason why proper planning of one’s meal is also crucial. It is important to consume foods that are high in protein in order to help the body health.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Like any other disease condition, people who experience this must rest in order to regain back their health rapidly and also to achieve optimum level of recuperation.

 

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