Natural remedies for shingles

natural remedies for shinglesNatural remedies for shingles are still preferred by many. Varicella-Zoster virus, which is responsible for Chicken Pox as well, is causing shingles. Symptoms of shingles are emerging in adulthood after a significantly latent period. Individuals who are attacked by shingles usually get fever, stomach ache, rashes with itch, blisters, chills and pain. Patients can automatically recover from Shingles within weeks but during the skin disease starting and finishing stage, patients will experience extensive discomfort and desolation. You could be prescribed to have drugs like Zovirax, Prednisone, and Valtrex by your physician in order to make the skin disease heal faster but since taking antiviral drugs and painkillers have side effects, you may opt to look for ways to recover naturally if you will follow the instructions below.

Simple Processes To Take

  • Drink as much as 3 to 4 cups of green tea per day because antiviral properties of the green tea can help you start getting rid of the symptoms.
  • Homeopathic components such as Arsenicum album can treat the burning sensation associated with shingles. It is recommended to use a dosage of 30c for 3 days, two times daily. Later reduce the strength to 12c to see the further improvement. If you can see the improvement, stop using this. In case of its failure to make the patient improve his or her condition, try Rhus Toxicodendron, Apis Mellifica, or Clematis Erecta. A homeopathic expert can better assist you with this and advise you which option you should use.
  • Alfalfa, Cayenne, Astragalus root, Dandelion, red clover, and other herbs promote healing of shingles. Aside from healing, you can use these herbs to relieve itch and pain on the rashes but keep in mind that these may have possible side effects if were used with other drugs. So, check for this before you decide to use these herbs.
  • Some useful oils work better for the natural remedy of shingles. These can bring relief and can heal shingles faster. Use Lemon, Bergamot, and Eucalyptus oils to derive desired results. Put a few drops of these oil essences diluted with Olive oil and massage this on your painful rashes or blisters.
  • Soothe blisters by dabbing a cotton on hydrogen peroxide and rub it on the affected area. Doing this will prevent blister infections. Consider dabbing a cotton on an organic apple cider vinegar (Test the acidity first on your skin. Start with a teaspoon amount) diluted in water and then, apply this on the painful shingles area.

Shingles will surely make you look ugly which results in lower self-esteem to the point that you don’t want to go out of your house. Also, it is a threatening disease to the public. Although people cannot get shingles just by talking, coughing and sneezing with you but you might still infect them if your skin with rashes touches them. So, take care of separating yourself from other people until you are completely free from this skin disease.

Cool Water Application

Low temperature undoubtedly helps patients get rid of pain associated with shingles. Using cool water can be a good treatment for patients who want to have pain and itch relief. It is strongly recommended for patients to take cool baths or showers on regular intervals. Using natural kitchen ingredients like baking soda or oatmeal will definitely help patients relieve itching. Application of wet compress as an alternative for shower or bath can also help. Vitamin-E oil and Aloe Vera are nutritious for the skin; applying a small amount of these on a warm compress will also help.

Changing Diet

In accordance with the guidelines of health authorities, healthy diet can sooth the condition of blisters to a lot of degree. Taking diet such as eating non-processed sugar, vegetables and fruits (canned or natural) can prevent infection further and better than other foods. Citrus Fruits, Bell Peppers, Strawberries, Brussels sprouts, Tomatoes, and Guava are perfect examples of Vitamin-C enriched foods. Hazelnuts, Almonds, Papayas, Avocados, leafy greens such as Spinach, Kale, Swiss Chard, Broccoli, etc are examples of Vitamin-E enriched foods. All of those, helps individuals to get comfort from the disgusting blisters caused by shingles. As long as those are taken on a regular basis, the severity of shingles will become less. Taking proper diet is the best way to prevent and heal shingles. These foods can also help patients keep their body fit and healthy.

Taking Supplements

It will be okay if patients will take supplements along with healthy diets according to the Health-Guidance. An individual can take 1,000 mg per day of Vitamin-C which can easily dissolve in water. Vitamin-E supplements can be received before meals in accordance with the supplement’s instructions. These supplements can help the patient recover from pain related to shingles. Also, Vitamin B-12 can be taken by injections or vaccines in order to relieve the pain. Consult with a physician first so you will know if you can take these supplements and vaccines.

Find a Physician

Though you are taking natural remedies, you should consult with your physician about what you are going to do with the natural treatment. Taking casual approach to treat shingles may cause severe damage to your health. Natural remedy does not mean that it is 100% safe. Also, if the natural remedy fails to help you recover completely, you should not waste your time and you should contact a physician as early as possible. The physician or doctor will decide if you need special treatment or you can still continue with the natural treatment. Your physician can prescribe antiviral drugs which can accelerate the process of healing and lessen complications. Anticonvulsant drugs could be prescribed as well. Topical numbing agents, gabapentin, antidepressants, etc can be included within the prescription. Your physician will also suggest you if you should continue natural treatment along with these drugs.

The main objective of the treatment is to heal from shingles. You can opt for any kind of sophisticated treatments as long as you can benefit from these. However, before starting with natural remedies for shingles, it is recommended to consult with your trusted physician.

SHINGLES: A Dreadful Skin Condition

Shingles virus showing treatment and symptoms.

Having acne, skin rashes or anything that goes bad on skin can be really annoying and these skin diseases can make one’s self esteem become low. These skin conditions will not only make people uglier but also can affect one’s health since Shingles was caused by a viral infection. Here is a simple but very detailed guide to know this skin disease.

What is Shingles and how will a person catches it?

Shingles (also known as zoster or zona) is a skin disease caused by a viral infection which results to a painful rash. It is primarily happened in older adults especially from ages 50-60 but it does not mean that young people would be exempted. Aside from aging, weak immune system, stress, medications, cancer treatments and if their mothers have it during their late pregnancy or having a chicken pox themselves during childhood can also be causes of Shingles. The verdict for this painful, awful and alarming skin disease is the Vacirella zoster virus. This virus belongs to a group of viruses called herpesviruses. Herpesviruses hides in the nervous system after the occurrence of initial infection and travels down to the nerve cell fibers to cause a renewed infection.

Vocirella zoster virus is the main culprit of the popularly known viral skin disease which is the Chicken pox. When a person has healed from a chicken pox, the zoster virus remains in his or her nervous system. Upon aging, there’s a possibility that this virus will strike again and here comes the shingles.

 

Shingles Symptoms

On a single part of the body, redness and painfulness can be a red flag for shingles. You may feel itching and tingling in this area. After 1-5 days, rashes will form and these will turn into clusters of blisters filled with fluid and with crust over. It looks like a chicken pox, the difference is only that chicken pox’s rashes can be seen all over the body while shingles can be seen usually only a single part whether it’s only on face, neck, back, butt, torso, etc. New blisters may arise up to a week. People with lesions may feel spasms even at a gentle touch.

On the eye part known as optical shingles, the zoster virus can cause painful eye inflammation and cause temporary or permanent loss of vision which is very alarming.

Symptoms may include headache, fever and chills, nausea, swollen glands (lymph nodes), dizziness, fatigue, malaise and heartburn or stomach ache.

Laboratory tests can be done to detect the disease. These can detect VZV-specific IgM antibody in blood. Other tests can be conducted through collecting a lymph from a blister tested by polymerase chain reaction to observe VZV DNA or through examination with an electron microscope for virus particles.

Blood work tests are not needed necessarily, a swab of fluid from the blisters can be tested in a laboratory to detect antibodies and varicella zoster virus to confirm diagnosis.

Shingles effect: Is it contagious?

Shingles is widespread and painful. It isn’t spread through coughing or sneezing but direct contact to shingles rashes can infect others. A person with shingles must also avoid close contact with people particularly the infants, children, pregnant women and anyone who doesn’t have a chicken pox before. Also those who have weak immune system and are currently ill.

The person who has shingles can cover the affected area with dressing so it will not only be healed but also it will help to minimize the spread of the virus. As the shingles becomes drier, it will be less contagious. Once the shingles becomes scabs, the person is not anymore contagious.

How to treat and prevent Shingles?

Shingles can be treated with antiviral medicines and painkillers prescribed by doctors. If at home, non-prescription painkillers such as analgesics, acetaminophen, topical anesthetic or topical lotions containing calamine, anticonvulsants, optoids, antidepressants, aspirin or ibuprofen can ease the pain caused by shingles. Regular hand washing, avoiding picking and scratching blisters, making the crust fall off naturally will prevent infection of shingles.

Use cool and moist compress to ease the pain or itch. While waiting to have medicines, corn starch or baking soda may also be applied to dry the sores for a shorter healing process.

To clean away crusts and decrease oozing, the affected area must be soaked with tap water.

To reduce inflammation and complications, antiviral medicines might be prescribed such as Aciclovir, Valaciclovir and Famciclovir. During the healing stage, shingles will dry up forming scabs or crusts and will begin to fade within 7-10 days.

Some may resort to vaccines to prevent the re-occurrence of this disease. All about vaccines for Shingles, considerations if is it right to get a shot and medicines to be injected will be discussed on another post.

To prevent shingles from coming back or from getting it, aside from eating healthy foods, living in a clean and non-polluted environment, one must avoid direct contact to the shingles or blisters area.  Immune system must be paid attention. Regular medical check-ups even annually will definitely help to track your health condition.

Remember, Health is Wealth.