Over the last ten years, and recent studies and research of alternative treatments for shingles is shown that it is possible to fix in less than a week and the occurrence of pain and reduce injury three days.
Shingles is a serious condition and it is important to follow the recommendations of your doctor. Traditionally, most doctors prescribe painkillers for the temporary symptomatic relief of pain and an antiviral drug to suppress the virus. This form of drug treatment reduces the severity and frequency of outbreaks but does not eliminate it from the body. The course of treatment can be six weeks or more, and does little for the patient.
Some doctors prescribe itch relieving creams that contain steroids. Recent studies doubt the effectiveness of steroids in relieving shingles and suggest the avoidance of a treatment with steroids. It is best to find alternative treatments with your doctor and seek natural treatment for herpes zoster.
The herpes zoster virus causes shingles, and is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles is an infection of the central nervous system and can affect the elderly, with a compromised immune system, each under severe stress or who have been exposed to the chickenpox virus again. Symptoms may include burning, itching, or pain in a body part. After a few days blisters and rashes may appear.
The infection may run along a nerve path and look like a branch of a tree. Shingles usually appear on the surface of the torso and chest, but can also be found on the face. Shingles can cause blindness if it affects the eyes. When an outbreak occurs on the face of the patient should get immediate medical attention.
Natural remedies for shingles
A good starting point for treating shingles is a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. A good diet and reducing daily stress will help boost the immune system.
A simple solution for lesions is to apply cool or cold wet cloth or towel to the affected area. A wet towel can be placed in the freezer for a while to make it colder before applying.
Eliminate sugar from your diet and add these important nutrients to your daily diet:
- Vitamin C is suggested with an initial diagnosis of herpes zoster. You can start with 1,000 mg.
- Vitamin E daily before meals to decrease the pain of shingles. (Study published in the Archives of Dermatology)
- B12 injections can reduce the pain from shingles. (Study published in The Journal of Geriatrics)
You should consult your doctor before starting any vitamin program.
- E capsules can be pressed directly to lesions.
- Heat, tight clothes and itchy fabrics like wool should be avoided.
- To help dry the lesions and relieve pain, you may use Calamine lotion.
Shingles is a serious illness and before starting to consult with a treatment program you should see your doctor. Shingles is the same virus as chickenpox. You can not catch shingles from someone else unless you have never had chickenpox. If you have shingles you should use caution around pregnant women who have not had chickenpox as they can infect both the woman and her unborn child.