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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) - Conditions & Cures



 
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Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

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Shingles is a painful condition caused by herpes zoster, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Once you've had chickenpox (an most adults have had the disease at some point in their lives), the virus doesn't leave your body. Instead, it takes up residence in the nerves near the spine, where it lies dormant, usually for the rest of your life. Sometimes, however, herpes zoster is triggered back into activity. This time around, the symptoms are different and more severe. At the beginning of the illness, the area along one branch of nerves, usually one side of your trunk or face, is more sensitive than usual; you may also develop a fever or chills. The sensitive area then becomes acutely painful, and a rash of small blisters develops. After two to three weeks, these clear, water-filled blisters will turn yellow and form scabs. Eventually, they will fall off, and sometimes they leave scars.

The nerve pain caused by shingles can be agonizing. You may not be able to bear even the lightest touch, and simple activities like shaving and showering may be out of the question. Even the weight of clothes or bed sheets may be too much. But this pain usually disappears with the blisters drop off. In a few cases, though, the blisters fade but the pain remains for months or even years. This condition, which usually strikes people over fifty, is knows as post herpetic neuralgia. No single trigger will always cause herpes zoster to reactivate in the body, but the virus seems to thrive when the immune system is weakened. People undergoing aggressive treatment for cancer or other illnesses are at a greater risk for shingles, as are those who are under extreme emotional stress. Immune-compromising diseases like AIDS or lupus can also leave a body vulnerable to shingles.

Most people will be healthy and pain-free once the disease has run its course. Nevertheless, your doctor should monitor you frequently to make sure the virus doesn't spread to your eyes or your internal organs, where it can have devastating effect. Sometimes the virus can lead to pneumonia or other secondary infections, which can be deadly to older people or those who suffer from severely compromised immune systems. Between visits to your doctor, you'll find that a wide range of complementary therapies can bolster your immune system and reduce your need for aggressive conventional pain medication.


** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; level of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when taking any and all supplements.

Shingles

Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch and Mark Stengler

Super Prescription #1 Vitamin B12 - LifeSource Products

Have your doctor give you a 1 cc injection daily for five days and then twice weekly. This helps the body recover more quickly and reduces the pain associated with shingles.

Super Prescription #2 Vitamin C - LifeSource Products

Take 1,000 mg four times daily for immune support. Reduce the dosage if diarrhea occurs.

Super Prescription #3: Celadrin / Capsaicin Cream – LifeSource Product

Apply a cream with an 0.025 to 0.075 percent capsaicin extract two to four times daily to the affected area. This herbal extract blocks pain. Note: When this cream is first applied, you may feel a burning, stinging sensation during the first few days, but the pain will subside.

Super Precription #4: Olive LeafLifeSource Product

Take 500 mg four times daily, to benefit from olive leaf's potent antiviral benefits.

Super Prescription #5 Echinacea and Goldenseal - LifeSource Products - See All of our Echinacea/Goldenseal Products.

Take as directed on bottle for immune support and antiviral effects.

Super Prescription #6 Vitamin E - LifeSource Product

Take 1,200 to 1,600 IU daily for the treatment of postherpetic neuralgia and 400 IU daily to prevent neuralgia. You can also apply vitamin E oil topically.


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Symptoms

The symptoms usually appear in the following order:

  • Sensitivity in one side of the chest, the back, or the face
  • Fever, chills, or other flu-like symptoms
  • Extreme pain in the sensitive area
  • Clear blisters that break out in the affected area
  • Blisters turn yellow and scab over, then fall off
Root Causes
  • Herpes zoster virus
  • A weakened immune system

TREATMENT

Diet

Recommended Food

During a case of shingles, the nervous system is under attack. Heal the damage by eating foods that are high in B vitamins, including wheat germ, brewer's yeast, eggs, and whole grains.

Eat green, orange, and yellow vegetables at every meal. These foods are packed with vitamins A and C, which will speed your skin's recovery from the inflammation and the blisters. Green leafy vegetables are also good sources of calcium and magnesium, which will help heal your nerve endings.


Foods to Avoid

Avoid foods that encourage an overly acidic body system. Do not eat red meat, fried foods, or chocolate, and do not drink carbonated beverages (not even fizzy water) or drinks containing caffeine.

Sugar suppresses the activity of white blood cells, the immune system's foot soldiers in the war on illness. Stay away from refined sugar products, including cookies, cakes, sweet baked goods, and sodas, and eat naturally occurring sugars, such as those found in fruit, in moderation.

Detoxification

Follow a two- to three-day juice fast to remove any toxic build-up that may be depressing your immune system. Green drinks, fresh unsweetened cranberry juice (available at health food stores), and miso broth are nutritious and will alkalinize your body system.


Other Recommendations

  • Seek the consultation of a naturopathic or holistic doctor who can help you with a specific therapy for quicker improvement. Severe cases may also require pharmaceutical therapy.

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