Soothe Shingles With Self Care
Shingles, a rash that usually occurs on one side of your body, appears as a band of blisters that wraps from the middle of your back to one side of your chest up to the breastbone.
It is following the path of the nerve where the virus has been sitting. Cingulum, a Latin word meaning belt or girdle, is where most believe the name shingles came from.
It is possible however, for the rash to occur around one eye or on your neck. The blisters caused by shingles may resemble chickenpox, and will be more painful and less itching when you get shingles.
Although shingles is very painful, it will properly heal entirely within about one month.
Varicella-zoster virus, the same that causes chickenpox, is the cause of shingles. It is considered the second eruption of chicken pox. It is also part of the group that causes the herpes virus, which causes cold sores and genital herpes.
Many of these viruses have the ability to lie hidden in your nervous system after an initial infection and remain at a standstill for many years before causing or seeing another infection.
If you have ever had chickenpox, you can develop shingles. If during the initial infection of chicken pox your immune system does not destroy the entire virus, you may end up with shingles.
Because the virus may lie hidden in nerve cells that are close to the spinal cord for many years before emerging to nerve pathways, you may not get shingles for many years after chickenpox.
No one is certain on why the repeat happens; it seems to be linked to factors such as age and immune systems.
Although people may develop shingles more than once, it is unlikely. About 20 per cent of people that have chickenpox will develop shingles at some point. It is most often those with weakened immune systems as well as adults 50 and older.
For people who have shingles, they may experience symptoms such as:
- A feeling pain, burning, tingling, itching, numbness or extreme sensitivity in a limited area of your body.
- A red rash with fluid filled blisters that begin a few days after the pain and last two to three weeks before scabbing over and healing.
- General feeling of unease and discomfort also called malaise.
Although shingles is not contagious, the virus can still cause chickenpox for those people who have not had them. Therefore if you have blisters due to shingles avoid contact with:
- Anyone who’s never had chickenpox.
- Anyone with a weakened immune system.
- Pregnant women, because the infection is dangerous to a growing fetus.
Immediate treatment of shingles is crucial since it can reduce the severity of the disease as well as reduce the risk of developing postherpetic neuralgia.
If you develop shingles make sure you wash the blisters regularly to prevent a bacterial infection.
Also try these self care soothing strategies:
- Apply cool, wet compresses of water to relieve pain and dry out blisters.
- Soak in a tub of lukewarm water or rub on calamine lotion or coconut oil to relieve itching and discomfort.
- Get plenty of rest.
Detoxification is one way to cure shingles. This is because the primary cause of the disease is extra un-eliminated wastes. Sometimes the body’s natural cleansing system can no longer continue to be up to the task.
Conditions that may occur include headaches, fatigue, congestion, backaches, aching or swollen joints, digestive problems, allergy symptoms and sensitivity to chemicals, perfumes and synthetics. Also included are constipation, hemorrhoids, mood changes, ulcers, psoriasis and acne. One benefit to detoxification therapies is that it allows your body to take a vacation.
In other words, by cleansing the body it will reduce the stress on the immune system and promote healing.
When an animal gets sick, he stops eating. This is a powerful thing that humans hardly ever use. We should do just that, stop eating. Food takes a lot of energy to digest, energy we might not have. The muscles and tissues fill with blood within a digestive system. When you stop eating, the digestive system can take a break. All the blood and energy can reroute itself to heal you.
Watch your diet
Include foods like yogurt, nutritional yeast, brown rice, garlic, raw fruits and vegetables and whole grains in the diet.