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Shingles is commonly seen in elderly people, but on
occasion it is detected among young people too. It comes from the same virus
varicella-zoster, which gave us chicken-pox. If proper care is not taken you
may loose your eyesight or even suffer from facial paralysis. Shingles are also
known as herpes zoster which spreads through your skin in the form of a rash or
blister similar to chicken-pox. It is associated with grueling pain, itchiness,
burning sensation and sometimes even numbness.
Before the rash appears you develop pain and tenderness on a particular area of
your body. It may sometime take more than a week before the rash appears. You
develop red spots before it erupts into blisters. Shingles develops on one side
of your body (left or right) due to a particular nerve which causes this
development. It also affects other parts of your body like heads and limbs.
When it affects your cheek it would surely affect your eyes, be extra careful
during such times and consult your doctor immediately.
Once the blisters burst open they get healed within a week. Light scars are
left which will disappear soon. Shingles may not be a deadly disease but it may
prove to be dangerous for people suffering from HIV infection or getting cancer
treatments, as the immune system is very weak. People who are getting organ
transplants are also under threat as doctors suppress the immune system with
Home Remedies For Shingles
Powder two aspirin tablets and mix it in 2 tbsp of chloroform or alcohol. Apply
this paste on the affected area. This will provide good relief.
You can apply wet dressing to soothe the burning
Avoid being in humid areas. Always keep yourself cool.
When blisters get infected, dab them with hydrogen peroxide.
Keep the blisters open and dry. Do not burst the blisters by scratching.
To provide relief, make a solution by mixing 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in
2 cups of water. Use a cotton cloth to moisten the affected areas by using the
To prevent itching and to reduce pain you can dust colloidal powder.
You can make a solution by mixing aloe vera gel, raw honey and leek juice to be
applied on the rash.
You can also sponge the blisters or rashes by use of vitamin E oil, apple cider
vinegar, cool goldenseal, mugwort or peppermint tea.
Baking soda and water solution can also be applied as a cold compress.
Apply a mixture of yogurt and zinc oxide along the particular path of the
nerve. If it is applied before the outbreak it would help to curb the outburst
Avoid food which contain amino acid such as chocolate, cereal grains, nuts and
Eating pear of having its juice in ample amounts is good, as it has a great
supply of antiviral caffeic acid.
Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures
while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid
using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies
with the reader and not with the site or the writer.