Home Remedies For Shingles

Home Remedies For Shingles

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  1. Shingles is a dreaded word for many seniors but the sad facts is, shingles can occur among the young, too. Shingles are uncomfortable and can bring about itching and can spread throughout the body. Symptoms of shingles are redness, itching, pain, rashes and a very uncomfortable burning sensation.

    In addition, shingles is a skin rash that is brought on by the same virus that causes chickenpox. This virus is also in the same family as the herpes virus. Once a person has chickenpox, this virus does not go away but lives in a dormant stage in the body within the nervous system and never really leaves the body. Then, if someone goes through a trying emotional event such as chemotherapy or cancer, the virus acts up and then brings on the shingles. It has been noted that in most cases of shingles, the real reason for it acting up is never found. And, yes shingle is contagious.

    Shingles usually beings with feelings of pain or a tingling sensation in the body. What follows, is a red rash and then blisters. Blisters may last from five days to four weeks, then crust and then disappear. You will know that you have shingles if the blistery rash appears on one side of the body—usually the face, buttocks or on the trunk. The appearance of shingles looks a lot like chickenpox and the symptoms are frustrating, itchy and uncomfortable–just like chickenpox.

    Of course, if you experience shingles, you should see your doctor as soon as possible and seek advice on treatment options. But, in the meantime, you may want to try some home remedies to help ease the pain and discomfort. One way to do this is to cool down the pain with cold packs. To do this, carefully and gently place a cold cloth on the blisters or take a towel and wrap it around the painful area and pour some ice water on it. Keep the cool wrap on this area for about 20 minutes, then take it off for 20 minutes and repeat this procedure until the pain lessens. This procedure will help to cool down the itchiness and pain.

    In addition, take time to rest in bed. By resting in bed your immune system will strengthen and the defenses of your body will work better in helping you with the pain of the shingles.

    Also, by taking an anti inflammatory drug such as Ibuprofen, it will help reduce the inflammation of the sores and help your body defend itself against the shingles. Aspirin is still another option.

    To help alleviate the pain and itching from shingles, your doctor can also prescribe a local anesthetic cream. However, be very careful that you don’t use topical products that contain Benadryl or ingredients that end in –caine because sometimes these products can cause an allergic reaction or cause the shingles to worsen.

    A home ready that works for some is an oatmeal bath. This remedy helps to soothe and cool down the sores. Another home remedy is calamine lotion. When using calamine lotion, first put the lotion in the refrigerator for awhile, for this will give additional cooling relief. Aloe vera gel may also help.

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