Shingles (Herpes Zoster) & Natural Remedies for Shingles

Posted on: December 27th, 2012 by

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Shingles (herpes zoster) is a very painful infection caused by varicella-zoster virus (VZV) or herpes zoster virus and belongs to herpes simplex family of virus. Herpes zoster (Shingles) is not a life threatening disease, but is highly contagious. Initially the patient will not develop visible rashes, but after weeks they start developing rashes with or without itching. Shingles virus varicella-zoster virus is the same virus that causes varicella (chicken pox). When children are first infected with the varicella-zoster virus, they get chickenpox. Years or decades later, when the body’s natural immunity goes down the virus can reactivate itself and cause shingles. Anyone who has had varicella or chicken pox in the past is at risk of developing herpes zoster or shingles. Though VZV belongs to herpes family of virus, it is not the same virus that causes genital herpes – sexually transmitted disease – or oral herpes that cause mouth sores.

There is no permanent cure for Shingles through vaccination or antibiotics. But natural method of treatment is working wonders for a permanent, fast and effective relief. Please CLICK on NATURAL REMEDIES FOR SHINGLES or on the image to know more about natural remedies available for Shingles.

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These are some of the real solutions (without the use of pills, supplements or cream etc.,) which will help get rid of the virus and put a full stop to any further outbreaks. These natural cure methods are not only safe they come with 100% money back guarantee if you feel that it is not worth the money you paid for

Causes of Shingles:

With normal aging the body’s immune system gets weakened. Also body’s natural immunity is compromised if a person is under certain kind of medication, like cancer treatment, administration of certain antibodies or other infection. Shingles is associated with  weakened immune system. Shingles can also occur in healthy children and younger persons but normally strikes people who are above 60 years of age. People who are in some way not immunized for chicken pox are at high risk of developing Shingles if their body’s immune system gets weakened. Shingles are much less contagious than chickenpox as persons with shingles can only transmit herpes zoster virus if the blisters are broken.


Symptoms of Shingles:

Burning pain or tingling sensation or extreme sensitivity along one stretch of the skin is usually the first symptom of Shingles. Shingles cause a painful, blistering rash that usually appears on just one side of the body, most often on the torso or face. A person may experience pain and soreness in the location of shingles rash few days before the actual shingles rash appears. Early symptoms of infection include

  1. Burning pain, extreme sensitivity in one area of the skin usually to one side of the body with or without associated fever and headache
  2. After a few days red rashes start to appear at the burning area. These rashes soon develop into blisters that resemble chicken pox, and they last for few weeks
  3. Shingles are most common on the trunks and buttocks
  4. The Shingles blister usually take the path of individual nerves that come out of the spinal cord


Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN):

This is the most common complication of Shingles. It is a condition which Shingles can last for months (sometimes years) and will result in severe pain, even after the Shingles rash has disappeared – a long-lasting shingles pain syndrome. PHN diminishes the quality of life to a degree similar to congestive heart failure, heart attack, type II diabetes and major depression.  PHN occurs from damaged nerve fibers. Nerve fibers send a message from the brain to the skin. When the nerve fibers get damaged, they are unable to do it’s job of sending the right signals to the brain. And the brain perceives these “mixed messages” as pain.

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Diagnosis of Shingles:

Usually Singles is diagnosed with burning pain or tingling sensation along one side of the skin. But sometimes these pains don’t really develop blisters. No diagnostic tests are usually required. Sometimes culture test are required to identify the genetic material of the zoster virus. If you suspect that you have symptoms of Shingles, then early treatment should be opted for to reduce the duration of the infection.

Prevention of Shingles:

Though immunization is available for varicella-Zoster virus, it cannot prevent it but the likelihood of getting the infection is less. There is NO long term immunity against zoster virus that can cause Shingles. For some, the zoster virus lives in the nerve root after a varicella-Zoster infection. As long as these people live a healthy life, they will not get Shingles.

Shingles usually clears on its own in 3-4 weeks and seldom reappears. When there are severe cases of Shingles some medicines are prescribed. Though it is not a cure for Shingles, but prevents its spreading to other areas of the body especially the eyes and to shorten the duration. But these drugs cause stomach upset, headache, lightheadedness etc., these drugs are prescribed mainly to prevent severe pain

  1. Always avoid contact to eyes as they can severely damage eyes. If the infection occurs in the nose, it is a sure sign that eyes will be affected. If you have severe pain near the eyes, please seek medical help immediately as it can cause damage to eyes.
  2. If you are elderly >50 years, you need to be careful
  3. Stay at home to isolate yourself so that the herpes zoster virus does not spread to others
  4. A child who comes into contact with Shingles virus develops chickenpox.

Patients with Shingles, rarely requires hospitalization.

Natural Home Remedies for Shingles: These home remedies gives much needed temporary relief

1. Dab with a cotton cayenne pepper in the area of infection. Cayenne pepper almost kills the virus but it gives burning sensation. Please mix it with expeller pressed coconut oil or natural Aloe Vera Gel to negate the burning sensation caused by pepper. Most people get speedy recovery. If turmeric powder is available, then mix little as well.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar is a great remedy. Dab little Apple Cider Vinegar on the blisters regularly till the blister dries up. Even ACV burns as it is acidic.

3. To get rid of marks created by the blisters, you can use calamine lotion.

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The information presented in this article is NOT A substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment, but for information only. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.


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