Shingles Home Remedies For Those Who Have Contracted Shingles

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Shingles usually show up on people that are over 50 years of age. However, there are rare cases of shingles seen among children. It is caused by the virus varicella zoster, the virus that causes chickenpox. After staying dormant inside the nerves in the body, the virus transforms into herpes zoster, causing shingles.

Symptoms for shingles include tenderness and a painful sensation in one area of the body. A few days later, the spot develops a rash. The rash then turns to a cluster of blisters. After the blisters burst open, they will turn dry and crusty until they completely disappear, usually within a week or two. The painful sensation is present the entire time, and can even last long after the rash has disappeared.

Shingles is not really a deadly disease, except for people that have very weak immune systems. However, the rash could lead to infection if neglected, and the burning sensation is very hard to deal with. Here are some home remedies that you can try to help you deal with the symptoms until the shingles disappear.

Take a couple of aspirin tablets and grind it into a fine powder. After that, take two tablespoons of either chloroform or alcohol. This will form a paste that you can put on the infected area. The aspirin in the paste effectively reduces the burning sensation and the alcohol will reduce chances of bacterial infections, as well as help the rash heal faster.

Cool wet dressings also relieve the pain. You can use gauze dabbed in cool water to cover the blisters, but constant changing is recommended to avoid infections. Stay away from warm and humid places.

If the blisters get ruptured, keep them dry and do not touch or scratch it. If an open blister gets infected, you can put some anti-bacterial ointment, iodine, or hydrogen peroxide to kill the germs.
You can also mix two cups of water together with half a cup of vinegar, and then soak a clean piece of cloth. Wipe the infected area with the cloth and wipe with an upward direction. This will also provide relief.

You should also be careful when it comes to your diet if you have shingles. Chocolate, cereals, and various seeds contain a lot of amino acids that can aggravate the shingles. Drinking fruit juice is recommended as they contain much needed vitamins to restore your immune system without the amount of amino acids found in milk.

Symptoms for shingles include tenderness and a painful sensation in one area of the body. A few days later, the spot develops a rash. The rash then turns to a cluster of blisters. After the blisters burst open, they will turn dry and crusty until they completely disappear, usually within a week or two. The painful sensation is present the entire time, and can even last long after the rash has disappeared.

Shingles is not really a deadly disease, except for people that have very weak immune systems. However, the rash could lead to infection if neglected, and the burning sensation is very hard to deal with. Here are some home remedies that you can try to help you deal with the symptoms until the shingles disappear.

Take a couple of aspirin tablets and grind it into a fine powder. After that, take two tablespoons of either chloroform or alcohol. This will form a paste that you can put on the infected area. The aspirin in the paste effectively reduces the burning sensation and the alcohol will reduce chances of bacterial infections, as well as help the rash heal faster.

Cool wet dressings also relieve the pain. You can use gauze dabbed in cool water to cover the blisters, but constant changing is recommended to avoid infections. Stay away from warm and humid places.

If the blisters get ruptured, keep them dry and do not touch or scratch it. If an open blister gets infected, you can put some anti-bacterial ointment, iodine, or hydrogen peroxide to kill the germs.
You can also mix two cups of water together with half a cup of vinegar, and then soak a clean piece of cloth. Wipe the infected area with the cloth and wipe with an upward direction. This will also provide relief.

You should also be careful when it comes to your diet if you have shingles. Chocolate, cereals, and various seeds contain a lot of amino acids that can aggravate the shingles. Drinking fruit juice is recommended as they contain much needed vitamins to restore your immune system without the amount of amino acids found in milk.

 

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This article was published on 2010/10/06