These 5 natural remedies can be done from home and will help to ease the pain and resolve shingles quickly.
The dreaded chicken pox disease is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV). In most cultures, getting chicken pox is seen a rite of passage because most, if not all, children experience this painful disease. Once you are done with chicken pox, you can breathe a sigh of relief, right? Maybe not. VZV is a curious virus that does not leave the body once chicken pox is “cured”. It remains dormant in the nerve cells of the spinal cord for decades. Depending on the state of your immune system, the VZV is likely to make another appearance in the form of a painful condition known as shingles. Shingles affects one-third of all adults who have had chicken pox. Though shingles is experienced much later in their lifetimes, it does not make the condition any easier to deal with.
Shingles starts as a rash made up of a patch of raised dots which is generally seen over one side of the body. There are many myths associated with shingles, but the bottom-line is that this rash goes on to develop into fluid-filled, painful, angry-red blisters that wreak havoc on your body for a few weeks. Eventually the blisters die out, but those few weeks can be incredibly difficult to deal with. Moreover, the shingles may not resolve itself completely, leaving you with long-term pain from postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States recommends that people aged over 60 years should get one dose of a shingles vaccine to prevent the VZV from staging a mutiny.
There are a number of antiviral medications that are used to treat shingles, such as acyclovir, famciclovir, and valacyclovir. However, for these medicines to be effective, it is imperative that they are administered as soon as the rash appears. The drugs do help to reduce the length of time the condition persists, as well as control its severity. But this doesn’t mean that medications are your only resort. Here are a few powerful natural remedies to help relieve the itching and control the pain.
Shingles causes the skin to become red, blistery and painful in the area surrounding the boils. Cool water can help counter this discomfort to a large extent. Run a cool bath while making sure that the water is not too cold. While cool water will ease the painful skin of shingles, cold water can actually lead to more pain and discomfort. Soak your body in the cool water for 10-15 minutes, and then dry your skin thoroughly.
A cool or wet compress works just as well as a cool bath. Again, the idea is to apply towels soaked in cool water to you skin, and not to use ice packs as this may cause your rashes to hurt more. Simply soak a towel in cool water, wring the excess water out, and lightly apply the compress on your rashes for a few minutes.
Note: After drying your body, it is important to maintain proper precautions and wash all the towels that were in direct contact with your skin. Ruptured blisters are capable of transmitting the VZV to others in your home, and that is not a risk you want to take. Wash the towels in the hottest setting on your washing machine.
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