Shingles is an infection disease. It’s an infection of a nerve and the skin around it, caused by a herpes virus, the same one that causes chickenpox. There is hardly an individual who hasn’t been infected by this virus in the childhood. An important thing is that after we recover this virus still remains in our nervous system in a dormant state. It is our immune system that stops the virus from becoming active. In many cases it remains latent for years following a chickenpox infection.
It can affect any part of the body, including arms, legs, back, face and even eyes. The infected individual feels a dull pain with a burning and tingling sensation followed by a rash. You may ask if you can get shingles more than once. I guess you already know the answer. Though our immune system forms a type of memory against the virus there are still cases of its recurrence. What to do in order not to catch the shingles. Here are some pieces of advice:
1 Build your immune system through exercises.
2 Eat healthy food
3 Avoid stress and anxiety
The treatment is something that we need to follow very seriously. To begin with, you have to see a doctor within 3 days you have noticed the rash, to be able to get the problem under control and not to let the shingles spread all over your body. Many medications may be used as part of your treatment. Antiviral drugs like Valtrex, Famvir, Zorivax help reduce the duration and severity of the rash. There also may be prescribed narcotic pain control medications or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory ones to help with the pain.
But be careful because side effects can happen and they can be as bad as the disease itself. Then what’s the way out? Treating shingles, you can follow a home herpes zoster treatment or turn to natural treatments. It may consist of moist, cool compresses to relieve your discomfort. Baking soda can help you dry the blisters. Tap water also can help you dry and smooth your skin and also remove the crusts if they are formed. There are many other forms of treatment, such as biofeedback, acupuncture, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.