Shingles Natural Treatment

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In the past ten years recent studies and
research with alternative treatments for
shingles has shown it is possible to
recover in less than one week and to reduce
outbreaks of lesions and pain in three

Shingles is a serious health condition and
it is important to follow your doctor’s
recommendations. Traditionally, most
doctors prescribe painkillers for the
temporary symptomatic relief of the pain
and an antiviral drug to suppress the
virus. This form of treatment with drugs
reduces the severity and frequency of
outbreaks but does not eliminate it from
the body. This course of treatment can take
six weeks or more and does very little for
the patient. The pain associated with
shingles can continue long after the
initial outbreak.

Some doctors prescribe steroids or itch-
relieving creams that contain steroids.
Recent studies question the effectiveness
of steroids in relieving shingles and
suggest avoiding any treatment with
steroids. Monitoring by your doctor is
recommended, if steroids have been
prescribed. It is best to find alternative
treatments with your doctor and to seek out
natural remedies.

The virus herpes zoster causes shingles and
is the same virus that causes chicken pox.
Shingles is an infection of the central
nervous system and may affect the elderly,
those with a compromised immune system,
anyone under severe stress or those who
have been exposed to the chickenpox virus
again. Symptoms may include burning,
itching, or pain in one part of the body. A
few days later, blisters and a rash appear.
The infection may run along a nerve path
and look like a branch of a tree. Shingles
usually appear on the trunk area and the
chest but can also be found on the face.
Shingles can cause blindness if it affects
the eyes. If an outbreak occurs on the face
the patient should get immediate medical

Natural Remedies For Shingles

A good starting point for treating shingles
is a diet full of fresh fruits and
vegetables. A good diet and reducing daily
stress will help boost your immune system

A simple remedy for lesions is to apply a
cool or cold wet washcloth or towel to the
affected area. A wet towel can be put into
the freezer for a while after wetting it to
make it colder.

Eliminate sugar from your diet and add
these important nutrients to your daily
diet – vitamin E, vitamin B12 and vitamin

* Vitamin C is suggested with an initial
diagnosis of shingles. You may start with
1,000 mg. (+)

* Vitamin E taken daily before meals may
reduce the pain of shingles (Study
published in the Archives of Dermatology)

* Vitamin B12 injections may reduce the
pain of shingles (Study published in the
Journal Geriatrics) (+)

(+) It is recommended that you consult with
your doctor before starting any vitamin

* E capsules can be squeezed directly onto

* Avoid heat as well as tight clothes and
itchy fabrics like wool.

* Calamine lotion may relieve the pain and
help dry the lesions.

Shingles is a serious illness and before
starting any treatment program you should
consult with your doctor. Shingles is the
same virus as chicken pox. You cannot catch
shingles from someone else unless you’ve
never had chicken pox. If you have shingles
you should use caution being around
pregnant women who have not had chicken pox
– you could infect both the woman and her
unborn baby.

About the Author:

Wayne McDonald is a health care
professional and public speaker for safe
natural treatments of annoying and
burdensome health challenges. Learn more at

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