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TYPES OF HERPES VIRUSES - QUICK OVERVIEW
There are more than 90 viruses that belong to a family of animal viruses called herpes virdae. Of this family of viruses, at least seven are known to be important to humans.
Herpes Varicella-Zoster causes chickenpox and shingles.
Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) causes infectious mononucleosis.
Cytomegalovirus (CMV), another member of the herpes family, can cause some cardiovascular diseases and eye disorders. It is often is carried without producing any symptoms, but can have devastating consequences for developing fetuses, newborns and for people with compromised, depressed immune systems.
Human Herpes Virus Type 6 (HHV-6) and 7 (HHV-7) are suspected of being capable of triggering autoimmune disorders, including multiple sclerosis, and roseola, a common illness of early childhood.
Human Herpes Virus Type 8 (HHV-8) is very closely related to the Epstein-Barr virus, and may lead to cancer of the bone, chronic fatigue syndrome, Kaposi's sarcoma, and infection of the lymphatic system.
Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1) causes cold sores (fever blisters).
Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2) causes genital herpes.
Once the herpes virus enters the body, they never leave. They live in nerve cells, where the immune system cannot find them, and they become active from time to time as the immune system is depressed. The virus may lie dormant for long periods of time, until illness, sun-exposure, fatigue, stress, or some other factor causes the virus to break out in open sores again. Fortunately, after a period of time, the virus seems to burn itself out. Outbreaks rarely appear after the age of fifty, with the exception of the herpes zoster virus, which tends to reappear as shingles in older adults.
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VARICELLA-ZOSTER VIRUS: Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV) belongs to the Herpes Virus Family. This virus causes two major diseases, chickenpox (Varicella), an infection that usually occurs in childhood, and shingles (Zoster), that usually occurs later in life. Shingles (Zoster) is a reactivation of an earlier varicella infection.
CHICKENPOX: Chickenpox is a very common and highly contagious disease. The symptoms are usually mild, with a low-grade fever, general fatigue, and a characteristic itchy rash.
The chickenpox virus is transmitted by direct contact with an infected person or through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. A person can also contract chickenpox (but not shingles) from direct contact with a person with the shingles rash. Outbreaks are common within families and in schools and day care facilities. Symptoms do not appear until after a person reaches the infectious stage, so it is difficult to isolate those who are contagious. Repeated exposures to the virus during the incubation period can result in worse symptoms. One bout with chickenpox generally affords a lifetime immunity against the illness. Second attacks are possible but rare.
SHINGLES: The VZV is spread by respiratory aerosols or direct contact with skin lesions. If you have already had chickenpox, You cannot get shingles from someone else with shingles. However, if you have not had chickenpox, you can get chickenpox from close contact with the open blisters of someone with shingles. Once the blisters are crusted over, the virus can no longer be spread.
This is because the same virus that causes chickenpox also causes shingles and is considered contagious only to those never having chickenpox. Shingles can only occur after a person has had chickenpox.
Most adults have already contracted chickenpox. Chickenpox is a common childhood disease that causes a fever and a rash that itches maddeningly but rarely does any permanent damage. Once the varicella-zoster virus enters the body and has caused chickenpox, it does not ever go away. It may lie dormant in the spinal cord and nerve ganglia for years until activated, usually by a weakening (temporary or permanent) of the immune system. An estimated 90-percent of people who have had chickenpox are at risk of developing shingles. The trigger for shingles is unknown, but it is not caused by being around someone who also has shingles.
The virus affects the nerve endings in the skin. Shingles can appear anywhere on the body; however, it is most commonly found on the skin of the abdomen underneath the ribs, leading toward the navel. Other commonly affected areas are the vaginal tissues and the inside of the mouth.
When the varicella-zoster virus is activated, the infection spreads to the very ends of the nerves, causing them to send impulses to the brain that are interpreted as severe pain, itching, or burning, and rendering the overlying skin much more sensitive than usual.
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SHINGLES FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
The typical rash of chickenpox is made up of groups of small, itchy blisters surrounded by inflamed skin. The rash usually begins as one or two lesions, quickly spreading throughout the body including the trunk, scalp, face, arms, and legs. The total number of blisters varies greatly from person to person. Over four days, each blister tends to dry out and form a scab, which then falls off between 9 to 13 days later.
The rash is usually preceded by:
- Fever, usually low-grade.
- Flu-like symptoms.
Varicella-zoster is part of a group of viruses called herpes viruses, which includes the viruses that cause cold sores and genital herpes. Many of these viruses can lie hidden in your nervous system after an initial infection and remain inactive for years before causing another infection. The signs & symptoms of shingles can include:
- Pain, burning, extreme sensitivity in a certain part of the body.
- Red rash that begins a few days after the pain.
- Fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over.
- Shooting pains.
- Swollen and painful lymph nodes.
- Fever & chills.
- Upset stomach or abdominal pain.
- Malaise (feeling bad overall) and other flu-like symptoms, including muscle aches.
- Visual disturbances, drooping eyelid, loss of eye motion (if in a nerve that affects one of your eyes or the muscles surrounding it).
- Taste abnormalities (if in a nerve that affects your tongue).
- Hearing loss (if in a nerve that affects one of your ears).
An attack of shingles is often preceded by 3 days of chills, fever, and achy feelings. There may also be pain in the affected area. Pain is usually the first symptom of shingles. For some, it can be intense, with just the slightest touch causing severe pain. Sometimes the pain can be mistaken for other problems or diseases, such as kidney stones, gallstones or appendicitis, depending on its location. Some people experience the pain without the rash, which makes diagnosing shingles more difficult. Although the shingles rash may resemble chickenpox, the virus typically causes more pain and less itching the second time around.
Then crops of tiny fluid-filled blisters surrounded by a red rim appear. These blisters resemble the lesions of chickenpox, but are concentrated in the area supplied by the involved nerve. The affected area becomes excruciatingly painful and sensitive to touch. Typically, the shingles rash occurs on only one side of your body. It may appear, for example, as a band of blisters that wraps from the middle of your back around one side of your chest to your breastbone, following the path of the nerve where the virus had been inactive. It may occur along the entire path of the nerve or only in certain areas supplied by the nerve. Sometimes, the shingles rash occurs around one eye or on one side of the neck or face. The blisters eventually form crusty scabs and drop off. Scarring can occur in severe cases.
Shingles strikes some 1 million Americans each year. It can appear at any age, but is most common in people over the age of 50, when immune function naturally begins to decline as a result of aging. Most cases of shingles run their course within a few weeks. More severe cases may last longer and require aggressive treatment.
POST-HERPETIC NEURALGIA (PHN)
In some cases, the pain continues for months, even years, after the blisters have disappeared. This syndrome, called post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), is more likely to occur in older people. If shingles develop near the eyes, the cornea may be affected and blindness may result. About 20-percent of persons who get shingles go on to suffer a recurrence of the disease. The acute pain of shingles and the chronic pain of PHN are called neuropathic pain. Both originate in the nerve cells, but their duration and the reaction to treatment is different. Pain that occurs with the initial outbreak responds to treatment and is limited in duration. In contrast, PHN lasts longer, is often difficult to treat, and can be incapacitating. The skin of may people with PHN becomes so sensitive that they cannot tolerate wearing clothing or even feeling a light breeze on the affected area. Described as agonizing, excruciating, and burning, the pain can have a severe impact on daily living, leading to a loss of independence and, ultimately, to depression and isolation.
Anyone who has had chickenpox may develop shingles. Once the herpes virus enters the body, they never leave. If your immune system does not destroy the entire virus during the initial infection, the remaining virus can enter your nervous system and lie hidden for years. They live in nerve cells, where the immune system cannot find them. They can becom active from time to time as the immune system is depressed. The virus may lie dormant for long periods of time, until illness, sun exposure, fatigue, stress, or some other factor causes the virus to break out in open sores again. Eventually, the virus may reactivate and travel along nerve pathways to your skin - producing the shingles. Generally, only one nerve is involved. In rare cases, more than one nerve is involved. Fortunately, after a period of time, the herpes virus seens to burn itself out. Outbreaks rarely appear after the age of fifty, with the exception of the herpes zoster virus that causes shingles, which tends to reappear as shingles in older adults.
In people who have had chickenpox, the virus is never fully cleared from the body; instead, it remains dormant in the nerve tissues. When physical or emotional stresses to the body weaken the immune system, the virus re-activates and spreads along the nerve fibers that comes out of the spinal cord (called a dermatomal pattern) to the particular area of skin supplied by the involved nerve (called a dermatome).
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MILD CASE OF SHINGLES
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is caused by the chickenpox virus. If you have ever had chickenpox, you can develop shingles because the virus remains in your body. It can be dormant for many years and then unexpectedly become active again and cause shingles. People who are younger and have a healthy immune system typically have milder symptoms. But even a mild case of shingles can last several weeks. While there is no cure, treatment options are available.
The zoster virus resides in nerve cells after the chickenpox. As long as the virus remains inactive, it causes no symptoms. Shingles occurs when the virus becomes active again. The illness begins with the pre-eruptive phase, meaning the stage before the rash. Given that the virus inhabits nerve cells, it's not surprising that the first symptoms involve abnormal skin sensations, such as tingling, itchiness, burning, tenderness or pain. With a mild case of shingles, tingling or itchiness tend to predominate rather than more painful sensations. These sensations are limited to one side of the body and typically affect a single, discrete band of skin. The trunk is most commonly affected, followed by the face.
Typically within a few days to a week after the skin sensations begin, the shingles rash develops in the same area. This is called the eruptive phase of the illness. The rash begins as a red, raised area followed by development of clusters of fluid-filled, pimple-like structures called vesicles. They appear in crops for up to 5 days. With a mild case of shingles, new vesicle formation is often limited to 1 or 2 days, and fewer vesicles usually form than with more severe cases. The vesicles typically crust over within a week, with complete healing in 2 to 4 weeks. Abnormal skin sensations continue during the eruptive phase and gradually diminish as the rash goes away. Intense pain is less likely with a mild case of shingles, and some people report only itchiness or tingling.
There is no cure for shingles but there are treatment options. Antiviral medicines may be prescribed for even a mild case of shingles if you are 50 or older, have a weakened immune system, or the rash involves an area other than your trunk. These medicines should ideally be started within 3 days of the appearance of the rash. Options include acyclovir (Zovirax), valacyclovir (Valtrex) and famciclovir (Famvir). Over-the-counter pain medications, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), can be useful for mild discomfort. Cool compresses, calamine lotion and oatmeal baths can help relieve itchiness and other rash-related discomfort. Covering the affected skin loosely with sterile gauze can also help prevent irritation from clothing.
PREVENTION & COMPLICATIONS
Even a mild case of shingles can be very uncomfortable and complications sometimes develop. You can significantly reduce your risk of shingles by getting the herpes zoster vaccine (Zostavax). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the vaccine for people age 60 and older, even if you've already had shingles. All vaccines are contraversial and have risks associated with them and the preservatives they contain. They should not be used by individuals with compromised immune systems, who are ill, pregnant, or have autoimmune related disorders. Do your research before considering vaccines and your risk of actually contacting the disease they are supposed to prevent. There are no guarantees the vaccine will work at all and may actually trigger a shingles outbreak. Contact your health care provider right away if you suspect you might have shingles and have risk factors for complications, including: age older than 60, HIV or another illness that weakens your immune system, and/or current treatment with cancer, steroid or organ transplant medications.
Shingles is caused by a type of herpes virus, called varicella zoster, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After someone has chickenpox, the virus can lie dormant in the body's nervous system for years before reactivating as shingles. According to a November 2002 article in "American Family Physician," about 25-percent of shingles outbreaks occur in or around the eye, a condition called herpes zoster ophthalmicus. Knowing early signs and symptoms of eye shingles is important because treatment during the first stages can lessen pain and prevent vision loss.
FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS & PAIN
In many cases, eye shingles start by causing flulike symptoms, including fever, body aches, chills, headaches and fatigue. Often these symptoms are followed by pain on 1 side of the head or in 1 eye before any sign of a rash appears. The pain is often described as a burning or tingling sensation at first, followed by mild to severe pain. Pain follows a branch of the trigeminal nerve, which runs from the lower jaw to the forehead.
Before a shingles outbreak involves the eye, a red skin rash may form on 1 side of the head, eyelids or scalp. The rash looks like a cluster of blisters, which ooze clear fluid before eventually crusting over. A shingles rash may alternate between feeling itchy and painful. You can have shingles in they eye without developing a skin rash, but having the rash allows health care providers to diagnose the problem without further testing.
Shingles of the eye can cause different symptoms that vary in severity. Symptoms are in 1 eye only and can include pain, blurry vision, redness or uveitis, which is an inflammation of the drainage structures of the eye. Inflammation can also develop in the interior surface of the eye, the retina. Both of these conditions can result in vision loss.
EARLY TREATMENT FOR EYE SHINGLES
It is important to see your health care provider if you have symptoms of eye shingles. Oral and topical medicines can treat the symptoms. Therapy works best if started within 48 to 72 hours of developing a shingles skin rash. Without treatment, people with eye shingles can develop scarring in the eye that may result in vision loss.
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Shingles is a painful condition that usually causes blisters and a rash to form on the skin. However, sometimes shingles can invade the nerves inside the body and cause other symptoms. Some of the signs and symptoms of internal shingles can be severe and cause serious complications that can be life-threatening at times.
POSTHERPETIC NEURALGIA (PHN): PHN is a common complication of shingles. It occurs when the nerve fibers are damaged from an outbreak of shingles. Since the nerve fibers are damaged, they cannot relate information as they once could. This condition can cause the person to experience pain for months or years after the shingles lesions on the outside of the body have healed. The pain can be severe for many people and require treatment by a health practitioner. It can also cause a sensitivity to touch, itching and numbness as well as headaches.
HUTCHINSON'S SIGN: With the Hutchinson's sign, internal shingles is caused when it invades the nerve in the eye. This type of infection causes shingles to appear on the end of the person's nose. This type of internal shingles can cause symptoms such as swelling of the eye, vision changes or even temporary blindness. Therefore, if you see shingles develop on the end of your nose, you should immediately go to an ophthalmologist for treatment.
RAMSEY HUNT SIGN: Shingles can form on the face and neck and around the ear and mouth. However, the Ramsey Hunt sign occurs when the shingles virus invades the facial nerve. This condition can cause severe pain in the ear. It can also cause hearing loss, dizziness and facial paralysis and pain in the facial area. This condition is usually temporary, but a person who has noticed shingles anywhere around his face should seek medical assistance so that he can be treated to prevent this form of internal shingles.
INTERNAL ORGANS: Some illness and treatment such as HIV or chemotherapy treatment for cancer can cause a weakened immune system. If this occurs, the shingles virus can invade the body and affect the lungs, central nervous system and brain. It can then cause pneumonia, headaches, dizziness, breathing difficulties, confusion and even unconsciousness. It can cause a potentially deadly complication for the sufferer. People with weakened immune systems who have shingles should get immediate medical attention to prevent this from occurring.
SHINGLES & WOMEN
One in 5 people will get shingles, and the chance increases with age, particularly after age 50. With odds like that, knowing the symptoms of shingles is useful information to have. Shingles represents a reactivation of a virus called varicella-zoster, the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you have had chickenpox, that virus is still in your nervous system. The shingles vaccine is touted to reduce the risk of getting shingles by at least 50-percent and reduces the pain in people who do get shingles even after receiving the vaccine. It does not successfully work for everyone who takes it and can actually trigger a shingles outbreak in some individuals.
SHINGLES PAIN: Symptoms of shingles are similar in men and women. The first and most common symptom of shingles is usually pain. This pain typically occurs before any rash is present and is sometimes called the warning stage of shingles. Women often describe a tingling, burning pain or an area of intense sensitivity on their skin. This often happens in a small area that is on one side of the body only. The pain may be mild or intense enough to require treatment with painkillers. The pain may last for a few days, may come and go or may be constant. It may continue once the rash and blisters form and usually lessens when the rash disappears.
SHINGLES RASH & BLISTERS: Another symptom of shingles is a rash that turns into fluid-filled blisters. This usually appears a few days or a week after skin pain starts. The blisters form a crusty scab in about 7 to 10 days and typically clear up in 2 to 4 weeks. The difference between the rash of chickenpox and that of shingles is that shingles usually appears on one side of the body only. Shingles commonly appears in a belt-like band around the midsection, corresponding to skin along the path of one nerve. Sometimes the rash appears on one side of the face and follows the major facial nerve, or it can involve more than just a single area of skin. Some cases of shingles have only a few or even no blisters. A shingle diagnosis can be missed in this case. Shingles without any rash or blisters is called zoster sine herpete.
OTHER SHINGLES SYMPTOMS: Once the rash appears, women sometimes report flu-like symptoms, such as headache, upset stomach, fever and chills. About half of the people who have rash along the facial nerve experience eye complications. These complications are generally seen as inflammation of different parts of the eye and may involve a mucus or pus-like discharge and sensitivity to light. Eye problems from shingles are very serious and should be evaluated by a doctor immediately. Some women experience a condition called postherpetic neuralgia. This condition is pain that continues even after the shingles rash is gone. The pain has been described as a constant burning that hurts to the touch or pressure from clothing. It usually resolves on its own, but resolution can take 6 months to a year or even longer.
SHINGLES & PREGNANCY
Pregnant women can get shingles, but it is rare. Shingles during pregnancy can be serious. Pregnant women who get chickenpox or shingles have a higher than normal risk of developing pneumonia. In rare cases, an unborn child exposed to varicella zoster can be damaged or may be miscarried. While chickenpox can pose a very serious risk to a fetus, there is almost no risk to the fetus if the mother gets shingles. If you acquire chickenpox when you are pregnant, the infection may spread to the fetus. However this is less likely with shingles than chickenpox.
The symptoms of shingles are the same in pregnant and non-pregnant women. Any area of skin that has pain, tingling, itching or burning -- even without a rash or blister -- should be brought to the attention of a health practitioner, as this could be the early stages of shingles.
Anyone who has not had chickenpox or the vaccine, is at risk for contracting the virus if exposed to someone with either chickenpox or shingles. The time between exposure to the virus and appearance of symptoms (called an incubation period) is between 10 and 20 days. The virus is spread through sneezing, coughing, and breathing - in other words, when someone with chickenpox sneezes or coughs, there are respiratory droplets with the VZV virus in the air. Then, you can breathe in those infected droplets and, if you have never had chickenpox or the vaccine, get chickenpox yourself.
Another possible way to get chickenpox, is to come into direct or indirect (like the clothes of someone with shingles) contact with discharge from VZV skin lesions.
The virus is contagious from two days before the rash appears until all of the lesions have crusted over.
While shingles is caused by the same virus that leads to chickenpox, the way that you develop this painful skin lesion is quite different. After you have had chickenpox, the virus lives in a dormant state (like it is hibernating) in nerve cells along the spine. Later in life, when it is reactivated (usually from a weakened immune system, aging, or other risk factor), the virus travels down the tract of the particular nerve where it was ":hibernating", first causing the pain and other sensations followed by the rash. The pattern or path that the symptoms follow is called a dermatome, which essentially means the area of the skin that the nerve supplies.
Exposure to VZV if you have neither had chicken pox nor received the vaccine. Age under 10. Late winter and early spring is the most common time that the virus is spread.
Anyone who has had chickenpox has the potential of developing shingles. However, it is most common in older adults: More than half the shingles cases occur in adults over 60.
In addition, people with weakened immune systems from HIV/AIDS, those who are receiving medical treatments, such as steroids, radiation and chemotherapy, or those who have a history of bone or lymphatic cancer are more likely to develop shingles. Most people develop shingles only once, but recurrences in other areas are possible.
A person with shingles can pass the varicella-zoster virus to anyone who has not had chickenpox before. This usually occurs through direct contact with the open sores of the shingles rash. Once infected, the person will develop chickenpox, however, not shingles. The infection can be serious for certain groups of people with immune system deficiencies. The varicella-zoster virus cannot be spread to another person with a normal immune system who has already had chickenpox.
Until the shingles blisters scab over, avoid physical contact with:
- Anyone who has never had chickenpox.
- Anyone who has a weak immune system.
- Pregnant women (A chickenpox infection can be dangerous for the developing baby.)
Stress and stressful situations may trigger shingles.
Having had chickenpox before age 1.
SHINGLES MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS & TESTS
Shingles is usually diagnosed based on the history of pain on one side of your body along with the telltale rash and blisters. Your health care provider is likely to conduct a thorough physical exam and ask questions about accompanying symptoms. Your health care provider may also take a tissue scraping to look at under the microscope (called a Tzanck test) or culture of the blisters for examination in the laboratory. Blood work may be performed.
Treatment is directed toward relieving symptoms, reducing recurrence pattern and preventing complications.
SHINGLES CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT
There are several effective treatments for shingles. High doses of drugs that fight viruses (anti-virals), such as acyclovir (Zovirax), valacyclovir (Valtrex), or famciclovir (Famvir), can reduce the severity and duration of the rash if started early (within 72 hours of the appearance of the shingles rash). The addition of steroid drugs may have limited benefit in some cases, but studies have not conclusively confirmed the benefit of steroids in combination with all antiviral drugs. In addition to antiviral medication, pain medications may be needed for symptom control.
Antihistamines, like diphenhydramine, may be considered to control itching, especially at night for children.
An anti-inflammatory drug may be given to ease inflammation. Corticosteroids (prednisone) are occasionally used to reduce inflammation and lower the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia.
Pain relievers may be used to control pain. For relief of severe pain, narcotics (opioids) may be recommended.
The affected area should be kept clean. Bathing is permitted, and the area can be cleansed with soap and water. Cool compresses and anti-itching lotions, such as calamine lotion, may also provide relief. An aluminum acetate solution (Burow's or Domeboro solution, available at your pharmacy) can be used to help dry up the blisters and oozing.
Sometimes tricyclic antidepressants, such as nortriptyline, amintriptyline, and desipramine, or certain anticonvulsants are helpful if the pain continues (post-herpetic neuralgia) after shingles resolves. A topical ointment that includes capsaicin or a skin patch that contains the pain-relieving medication lidocaine may be soothing as well.
POST-HERPETIC NEURALGIA TREATMENT
Post-herpetic neuralgia is localized pain in the area of involvement of shingles that persists beyond one month.
The pain of post-herpetic neuralgia can be reduced by a number of medications. Tricyclic antidepressant medications (amitriptyline [Elavil] and others), as well as anti-seizure medications (gabapentin [Neurontin], carbamazepine [Tegretol], pregabalin [Lyrica]), have been used to relieve the pain associated with herpetic neuralgia. Capsaicin cream (Zostrix), a derivative of hot chili peppers, can be used topically on the area after all the blisters have healed, to reduce the pain. Lidocaine pain patches (Lidoderm) applied directly to the skin can also be helpful in relieving nerve pains by numbing the nerves with local lidocaine anesthetic. These options should be discussed with your health care practitioner.
Topical lidocaine (Lidoderm) may be prescribed for the pain of post-herpetic neuralgia. Possible side effects of this drug include redness and swelling. However, this is usually mild and does not last long.
People with compromised immune systems may be given serum or other biological products obtained from the pooled blood of people who have recently recovered from shingles to assist their own immune systems in resisting the virus. Health care providers are not more likely to administer huge doses of antiviral drugs to try to destroy or cripple the virus.
Orthomolecular health care practitioners often administer injections of Vitamin B-12 combined with adenosine monophosphate (AMP) for shingles. Adenosine monophosphate (AMP), a compound that occurs naturally in the body, has been found to be effective against shingles. This treatment, together with topical applications of Zinc Oxide and plain yogurt along the path of the affected nerve 2 to 3 times daily can bring relief.
If conservative measures are not effective, an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep) may be prescribed. These drugs not only ease the emotional impact of unrelenting pain, but they seem to alleviate the pain itself. They appear to do this by causing an increase in the production of endorphins, the body's own natural painkillers.
Experiments are being conducted in which live chickenpox vaccine is given intravenously in an attempt to prevent shingles. Since you cannot develop shingles if you never contact chickenpox, researchers theorize that a vaccine that prevents chickenpox would therefore also prevent shingles. Detractors argue that while this approach may produce immunity in those who have never had chickenpox, the virus in the vaccine may also take refuge in the central nervous system and cause shingles years or decades later.
One of the biggest obstacles to researchers is learning more about the varicella-zoster virus is the fact that there are no animals in which it can be studied; chickenpox and shingles occur only in humans, and the virus grows poorly in laboratory cultures. Nonetheless, research continues into the biology of varicella-zoster, with the hope of developing a better understanding of how the immune system controls it and perhaps finding ways to ease the suffering caused by shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia.
In treating PHN, health care providers often resort to treating only the residual pain, whether with medication or other approaches. These include the following:
- A transdermal (patch) form of anesthetic lidocaine has had very good results. The medication in the patch penetrates the skin, reaching the damaged nerves just under the skin without being absorbed significantly into the blood stream. This means that the patch can be used for long periods of time without serious side effects.
- Trancutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy uses a device that generates low-level pulses of electrical current. The TENS unit is applied to the skin's surface, causing tingling sensations and offering some people pain relief. One theory as to how TENS works is that the electrical current stimulates production of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers.
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- As a last resort, nerve blocks may be used to provide temporary relief. These procedures usually entail the injection of a local anesthetic into the area of the affected nerves. PHN most commonly affects older adults; because they are often unable to tolerate medication, the nerve block becomes a viable option.
- Injections into the spine is another option for relief of pain. A Japanese clinical study reported in The New England Medical Journal of Medicine (November 2000) found that an injection of the steroid methylprednisone combined with the anesthetic lidocaine reduced pain by more than 70 percent in one patient group compared with groups that received lidocaine alone or an inactive substance.
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CONCERNS OF SPECIAL POPULATIONS
If you have a compromised immune system, shingles lesions may be widespread rather than localized to one area of the body and it will likely take longer for the symptoms to heal, maybe lasting for months. Conditions that compromise your immune function include:
WARNINGS & PRECAUTIONS
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection.
- Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
- Organ transplant recipient on medications to avoid rejection of the new organ.
- Cancer, especially leukemia, Hodgkin's disease and other lymphomas, or if you are receiving chemotherapy.
- If you have an autoimmune disease (like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and Crohn's disease) and are taking drugs that suppress your immune system in order to control the inflammation from any of these conditions.
Aspirin must not be used in children with chickenpox or shingles because of risk of Reye's Syndrome which can cause liver and brain damage.
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Call the health care provider if symptoms of confusion, vomiting, or weakness, even paralysis, of the arms, legs, trunk, or face begin during or soon after a chickenpox or shingles infection.
There are 2 vaccines that conventional medicine says may help prevent shingles - The chickenpox (varicella) vaccine and the shingles (varicella-zoster) vaccine. Before considering vaccination, do your research on the pros, cons, and risks of vaccination and make an informed decision.
The varicella virus vaccine (Varivax) has become a routine childhood immunization to prevent chickenpox. It is recommended for children between ages 12 months and 18 months. The vaccine is also recommended for older kids and adults who have never had chickenpox. If you (or your child) receive the vaccine before age 13, then you only need one dose. If you receive the vaccine when you are older than 13 (which may be recommended if you have not yet had chickenpox or received the vaccine), then you should get a second dose 1 to 2 months later.
Though the chickenpox vaccine does not guarantee you will not get chickenpox or shingles, it can reduce your chances of complications and reduce the severity of the disease.
In May 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first vaccine for adult shingles. The vaccine, known as Zostavax, is approved for use in adults ages 60 and over who have had chickenpox. The vaccine contains a booster dose of the chickenpox vaccine usually given to children. Tests over an initial four-year period showed that the vaccine significantly reduced the incidence of shingles in these older adults. Like the chickenpox vaccine, the shingles vaccine does not guarantee you will not get shingles. The single-dose vaccine was shown to be more than 60-percent effective and will likely help in reducing shingles symptoms and it reduced the incidence of post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) by at least two-thirds. Studies are ongoing to evaluate the effectiveness of the vaccine over a longer term. Since vaccination against VZV is now recommended for children, the incidence of chickenpox has been reduced, which is expected to reduce the incidence of shingles in adults as these children age.
The shingles vaccine is recommended for all adults age 60 and older, whether or not they have had shingles previously. It is given as a single injection, usually in the upper arm. The shingles vaccine is only used as a prevention strategy, however. It is not intended to treat people who already have the disease. Common side effects include:
- Redness, pain and swelling at the needle site.
The shingles vaccine is not recommended under these conditions:
- People who have ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin or any other component of the shingles vaccine should not receive the vaccine.
- People with weakened immune systems from HIV/AIDS or other disease that effects the immune system or a weakened immune system due to immune suppressing medications , steroid drugs, cancer treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy or organ transplants should not receive the vaccine because it contains live, weakened viral particles.
- People with a history of bone-marrow or lymphatic cancer should not receive the vaccine.
- People with active, untreated tuberculosis should not receive the vaccine.
If you are mildly ill, such as a cold or the flu, you may be considered well enough to get the vaccine. However, if you are moderately or severely ill, wait until you feel better before getting the vaccine.
If you have never had chickenpox or the vaccine, avoid contact with anyone who has chickenpox and avoid contact with the skin lesions of anyone with shingles.
To avoid spreading to others, children with chickenpox should be kept out of school or day-care until all of the blisters have scabbed over.
Capsaicin Cream (from Cayenne Pepper) may help prevent post-herpetic neuralgia, a possible complication from shingles.
Both chickenpox and shingles generally resolve spontaneously in those not at high risk for complications. The goal, therefore, is to make you as comfortable as possible while you have either condition and to shorten the length of time that you have the pain and itching associated with shingles in particular. Many lifestyle approaches and medications may be helpful for these purposes. Mind/Body techniques for relaxation can also help alleviate pain and reduce stress associated with shingles.
During symptom-free periods, the virus returns to its dormant state. Symptoms recur when the virus is reactivated. Recurrent symptoms are not new infections.
For most healthy people who receive treatment soon after the outbreak of blisters, the lesions heal, the pain subsides within 3 to 5 weeks, and the blisters often leave no scars. However, shingles is a serious threat in immunosuppressed individuals - for example, those with HIV infection or who are receiving cancer treatments that can weaken their immune systems. People who receive organ transplants are also vulnerable to shingles because they are given drugs that suppress the immune system.
A person with a shingles rash can pass the virus to someone, usually a child, who has never had chickenpox, but the child will develop chickenpox, not shingles. A person with chickenpox cannot communicate shingles to someone else. Shingles comes from the virus hiding inside the person's body, not from an outside source.
While chickenpox usually goes away on its own with non-serious complications like itching and scarring, severe and sometimes fatal infections may occur, particularly in newborn infants, adults, and people whose immune systems are weakened. Such potential infections include:
- Encephalitis (a brain infection).
- Myocarditis (an infection of the heart muscle).
- Secondary bacterial skin infection.
Shingles usually clears in 2 to 3 weeks and rarely recurs. Your chance of getting another bout of shingles is only 1 to 5-percent if you have a normal, working immune system. If you are immunocompromised your risk for recurrence is higher.
Generally, shingles heal well and problems are few. However, on occasion if the blisters are not properly treated, the blisters can become infected with bacteria, causing cellulitis, a secondary bacterial infection of the skin. If this occurs, the area will become reddened, warm, firm, and tender. You might notice red streaks forming around the wound. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your health care professional. Antibiotics can be used to treat these complications.
A more worrisome complication occurs when shingles affect the face and mouth, specifically the forehead and nose. In these cases, it is possible, although not likely, that shingles can affect the eye, leading to temporary or permanent loss of vision. If you have shingles on your forehead or nose, your eyes should be evaluated by a health care professional. It can cause loss of hearing.
The most common complication of shingles is post-herpetic neuralgia. This occurs when the pain associated with shingles persists beyond one month, even after the rash is gone. For about 1 in 5 people who develop shingles, the pain continues in the same spot long after the blisters have cleared. It is a result of irritation of the nerves of sensation by the virus. The pain can be severe and debilitating and occurs primarily in people over the age of 50. When a person has post-herpetic neuralgia, damaged nerve fibers send confused and exaggerated messages of pain from the skin to the brain. This leaves the affected area of skin sensitive to even the slightest touch. There is some evidence that treating shingles with steroids and antiviral agents can reduce the duration and occurrence of post-herpetic neuralgia. Pain medication, antidepressants or anticonvulsant medications may help provide relief until the pain subsides. However, the decrease is minimal.
Shingles can also lead to other complications, including inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) and other neurological problems.
Loss of facial movement (paralysis) is possible as well.
Encephalitis (a brain infection) or sepsis (an infection in your blood stream, affecting many organs in the body) if you are immunocompromised.
For people with immune deficiencies, shingles and its aftermath can be devastating. The disease is capable of affecting the internal organs, attacking even the lungs, kidneys, and liver. Disseminated shingles can cause permanent injury - including blindness, deafness, or paralysis, depending on the area of the body that is served by the infected nerves - if it goes unchecked. Death can occur as the result of a secondary bacterial infection or viral pneumonia brought on by shingles.
RESEARCH & CLINICAL TRIALS
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and other institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conduct shingles research in laboratories at the NIH and also support additional research through grants to major medical institutions across the country. Current research is aimed at finding new methods for treating shingles and its complications.
NIH Patient Recruitment for Shingles Clinical Trials
American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA)
P.O. Box 850
Rocklin, CA 95677-0850
Web Site: www.theacpa.org
Tel: 916-632-0922, 800-533-3231
VZV Research Foundation [For Research on Varicella Zoster]
24 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10021
Web Site: www.vzvfoundation.org
National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain
P.O. Box 70045
Houston, TX 77270
Web Site: www.paincare.org
Fruit Enzymes, such as Papain, an enzyme present in Papaya, and the enzyme Bromelain is found in Pineapple may be helpful in treating shingles. Both enzymes are natural anti-inflammatories that may help to reduce the swelling of the skin around shingles blisters. Both are available in pill form at health food stores and online. Take 2 bromelain pills 3 times daily. For papain, follow dosage directions on the label. You can also, of course eat fresh pineapple and papaya for the same benefits.
Catnip tea sweetened with Molasses is good for fever and can be given to infants and children as well as adults. For a child over age 2 years, catnip tea enemas can reduce fever.
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Therapeutic Enemas
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Catnip Enema
Peppermint Oil (Mentha x piperita). A case report in the scientific literature suggests that applying peppermint oil to the painful area may help relieve symptoms of post-herpetic neuralgia, a potential complication of shingles.
Madonna Lily (Lilium Candidum), also known as Meadow Lily or White Lily, is a medicinal plant used traditionally in Northern Italy for shingles.
Aloe Vera has been used to soothe skin disorders and inflammations and has been used for herpes viral outbreaks and other skin conditions.
Other recommended herbs for chickenpox include Burdock Root, Echinacea, Ginger, Pau D'Arco, and St. John's Wort.
Alfalfa, Chamomile, and Dandelion promote healing by helping to restore the body's normal acid/alkaline balance. Dandelion also helps to detoxify and support the liver. German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) traditionally has been used to treat skin conditions and childhood illness like chickenpox. A cool chamomile compress can aid in soothing the blisters.
NATURAL PAIN RELIEF
Lemon Balm is an effective antiviral herb. Its essential oil is particularly useful when applied topically. In cases of shingles, Lemon Balm Oil helps guard against blisters becoming infected and eases pain and itching. Combine equal parts of lemon balm oil and liquid Vitamin E Oil (buy the liquid form or simply break open Vitamin E Capsules. Gently apply the mixture to blisters.
An alternative is to choose an infused oil of St. John's Wort instead. Combine it with Vitamin E Oil, also in equal proportion.
Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) has been used topically for herpes lesions. The anti-viral properties found in Lemon Balm may suggest a supportive holistic treatment of shingles. Drinking Lemon Balm tea daily, as a preventive, is excellent support since Lemon Balm is a tonic herb and safe to use long term. Lemon Balm is a sedative that elevates the mood acting as an antidepressant. Lemon Balm combined with other calming herbs, such as Valerian reduce anxiety and help with insomnia. Lemon Balm tea is recommended to relieve fever due to cold and flu, and to ease menstrual cramps, insomnia, headaches and nervousness. Lemon Balm has been used topically for herpes lesions.
To soothe the distressing itching and burning of shingles, try compresses soaked in a tea made with Licorice, Chamomile, Witch Hazel, St. John's Wort or any other combination of these herbs. Use 1 tablespoon of an herb or herbal blend per cup of boiling water; cool and strain the tea and soak a clean cloth in it. Apply directly to blistered areas.
ANTI-VIRAL HERBAL TEA BLEND
Licorice, St. John's Wort, Lemon Balm and Astragalus are all well-established as antiviral herbs, and a tea made from a blend of these herbs can help speed the healing of blisters and reduce discomfort.
3 ounces St. John's Wort
1 ounce Lemon Balm
1 ounce Astragalus
Mix herbs. Steep 1 teaspoon of the blend in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes. Drink 4 to 6 cups a day, and reduce the amount as symptoms improve.
Alfalfa extract of fresh green Alfalfa leaves provider essential vitamins and minerals to support immune health and heal damaged tissues.
Astragalus, or Huang Qi, root is used to stimulate the immune system and astragalus root improves adrenal gland function and digestion. Astragalus enhances the immune system and acts as an antibiotic.
Echinacea root helps promote general well-being during the cold and flu season and support to the immune system.
A essential oil blend of Eucalyptus, Marjoram, Ginger, Tea Tree, and Lavender in a base of unrefined Grapeseed Oil eases pain of the Shinlges and helps to promote healing.
Try using essential oils. Bergamot Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Geranium Oil, Lemon Oil can be used singly or in combination. These highly concentrated plant essences have strong antiviral properties. The best way to use them is to add a few drops of essential oil to a tablespoon of a carrier oil such as Almond Oil, Peanut Oil, or Olive Oil, and apply the mixture directly to the lesions at the first sign of an outbreak. In most instances, the lesions dry up and disappear completely within 3 to 4 days after this treatment.
Bi Phaya Yaw (Clinacanthus Nutans), an herb used in traditional Thai Medicine, has been shown in clinical studies to shorten the time it takes to recover from shingles in some cases. It is applied in cream form. The trick is to find a resource to obtain this herb. Contact a TCM practitioner about obtaining this herb.
NCBI: Treatment of Herpes Zoster with Clinacanthus Nutans
Applying Black Walnut or Goldenseal extract to the affected area may help.
Burdock Root and Red Clover cleanse both the lymph nodes and the bloodstream. Burdock has been traditionally used for skin lesions.
Cat's Claw has immune-enhancing properties and acts against viral infection.
Herpes treatment should include Cayenne (capsicum), Echinacea, Myrrh, Red Clover, and St. Johns Wort. Cayenne contains a substance called capsaicin, which relieves pain and aids in healing. It also acts as a detoxifier. Cayenne is available in tablet and capsule form, as an oil for external use, or can be mixed with a vegetable or tomato juice to make a "cayenne cocktail" as a virus buster. I prefer mine warm with about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cayenne in a mug of hot V-8 juice. Great for colds and flu viruses.
Herpes treatment should include Echinacea, Myrrh, Red Clover, and St. Johns Wort.
Goldenseal is a natural antibiotic and reduces infection. It can be taken in capsule or tea form. Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, do not use it during pregnancy, and use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed.
Green Tea has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. The polyphenols it contains have been found to fight herpes viruses.
Larreastat is a trademarked herbal remedy derived from Chaparral that is said to have antioxidant, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to treat herpes viral infections.
Licorice root inhibits both the growth and cell-damaging effects of herpes viruses. Licorice extract can be used topically to treat shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia. It appears to interfere with the growth of the virus. If you are using licorice, increase your potassium intake. Caution: Do not use this herb internally on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row. Avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure.
Milk Thistle protects the liver and promotes healthy liver function.
A combination of Oat Straw, St. John's Wort, and Skullcap helps to reduce stress and itching. Mix equal amounts of these tinctures together, and take 1 teaspoon of this mixture 4 times daily.
Olive Leaf extract aids in fighting the virus and appears to help curb the growth of viral diseases such as the herpes viruses.
Red Marine Algae appears to help curb the growth of viral diseases such as any of the herpes viruses.
Rose Hips are high in Vitamin C and are good for preventing infections on the skin.
Spirulina contains phytonutrients that appear to boost the immune system.
Tea Tree Oil is a powerful natural antiseptic. During any type of herpes viral outbreak, dab it on the affected area several times a day, either full strength or, if that is too strong, diluted with distilled water or cold-pressed vegetable oil. Do not get tea tree oil close to the eye area.
Valerian root calms the nervous system. Taken at bedtime, it acts as a sleep aid.
Cayenne's active ingredient Capsaicin has been attracting attention for its ability to relieve pain in persons suffering from post-herpetic neuralgia. Capsaicin is not a product of chemical engineering, but a component found in plants of the same family as red peppers. Researchers in Toronto found that 56-percent of people with post-herpetic neuralgia who were treated with capsaicin cream (Zostrix) for 4 weeks experienced significant relief in pain. Clinical studies suggest that capsaicin directly reduces the amount of substance P, a neurotransmitter responsible for the transmission of pain impulses. If there is a deficiency of substance P, the nerves are unable to transmit sensations of pain. Capsaicin is easy to use. You simply apply it topically to the affected area 3 or 4 times a day. In addition, capsaicin does not interact with any other drugs or medications, which makes it an especially attractive option for elderly people, who are often taking one or more drugs on a regular basis. Capsaicin cream is sold over the counter in most drugstores, health food stores, and is available online for purchase. It should not be applied until the blisters caused by shingles have healed completely, however, or extreme burning pain may result.
DIET, NUTRITION, LIFESTYLE & HOME REMEDIES
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates that roughly 1 million Americans are affected by shingles each year. Anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles. It occurs when the virus that causes chickenpox reactivates, often after lying dormant for many years. Also known as herpes zoster, shingles usually starts as a painful burning or tingling sensation and typically progresses into a blister-filled rash. Although shingles is best prevented through vaccination (according to conventional medicine - vaccinations are still considered contraversial about their effectiveness and safety), certain foods may boost your body's ability to suppress the virus.
Eating a diet centered on nutrient-dense foods may decrease your risk of developing shingles, according to a case-controlled study published in the "International Journal of Epidemiology" in 2006. The study found that people who ate more fruits and vegetables and consumed plenty of micronutrients, particularly Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, Folate, Iron and Zinc, were less likely to develop shingles than those whose diets supplied fewer vitamins and minerals. Specifically, people who rarely ate fruit were more than three times as likely to come down with shingles than those who ate more than three servings of fruit per day. Eating a nutrient-dense diet appears to be especially beneficial for high-risk individuals, or those past the age of 60.
Making anti-inflammatory foods a regular part of your diet may also help protect against shingles. Although inflammation is a normal part of your body's response to illness and injury, chronic inflammation (the low-grade kind brought on by stress, lack of exercise and eating too many processed foods) can undermine your bodyís ability to fight infection. A diet thatís low in sugar and rich in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, fish, nuts and seeds is generally considered anti-inflammatory. Certain foods, including Salmon and other fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, are strongly anti-inflammatory. Ginger, Garlic, Turmeric, Basil and a few other herbs and spices have anti-inflammatory effects, too, as does Dark Chocolate.
Choosing foods that are rich in Lysine, while generally avoiding those that are high in Arginine, may also boost your body's ability to prevent a shingles infection. While both of these amino acids are important to your overall health, arginine helps fuel the replication of herpes zoster and other viruses in the herpes family. Lysine helps suppress the growth of these viruses by counteracting or blocking the effects of arginine. A diet that avoids arginine-rich foods while promoting lysine-rich foods can be quite effective. Lysine, an essential amino acid, is especially useful in combating herpes viruses, including herpes zoster. It helps to deter viruses from reproducing, and it is essential for tissue repair. Thus, it speeds healing and helps to prevent the infection from spreading. Although lysine and arginine often occur together in foods, fish (including salmon, tuna, mackerel and trout) is significantly higher in lysine than arginine. Low-fat dairy cheese, yogurt and milk is also high in lysine, as is most poultry. Take a total of 4,000 mg Lysine daily (with 500 mg capsules, take 2 or 3 at a time) for 3 to 4 days. Then cut back the dose by 500 to 1,000 mg every 2 or 3 days.
LYSINE & ARGININE DIETARY RELATIONSHIP & THE HERPES VIRUS
With any disease or health condition an approach to improving diet and nutrition should be taken. An appropriate diet high in lysine and low in arginine and vitamin supplements may be beneficial for those suffering from viral diseases, in particular the herpes virus. Current research has shown that the amino acid, arginine, can aggravate herpes and bring on an outbreak. Some foods high in arginine include nuts, chocolate and caffeine. If a food has a low lysine/arginine ratio and only a few milligrams of arginine in it, there is no reason to avoid it totally, unless it aggravates the situation further. If you do have frequent herpes outbreaks, try cutting back or eliminating these foods from your diet and see if it helps to relieve your symptoms.
It has been found that the amino acid, Lysine, retards virus growth, so you should include in your diet foods high in Lysine and decrease the foods high in L-Arginine (an amino acid that supports the herpes virus).
Remember, try to balance everything you eat, e.g., if you eat foods high in Arginine, balance them with L-Lysine foods or with Lysine / L-Lysine tablets (500 mg / day minimum). Lysine products are available here.
LYSINE DIETARY FOOD SOURCES
High in Lysine Dietary sources: (Eat more of these or in moderation)
- Brewer's Yeast
- Dairy Products
High in Arginine Dietary sources: (Eat less of these)
- Brown Rice
- Nut Products
- Whole Wheat Bread
Click here for a detailed chart outlining L-Arginine and L-lysine ratios in foods.
L-Arginine is an amino acid that suppresses L-lysine. Vitamin C foods should be increased in your regular dietary program, but citrus fruits and juices should be avoided while the virus is active. Other Foods that should be avoided:
- Processed Foods
- Cola Drinks
All the above foods and beverages put stress on the immune system and should be avoided during outbreaks.
Highly acidic foods such as:
- Citrus Fruits
Meat and dairy products are relatively high in arginine, and should be eaten in moderation or avoided during outbreaks:
- Animal Products
- Foods High In Sodium
Include in the diet Brewer's Yeast, Brown Rice, Garlic, raw fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.
Drink freshly made Juices with Protein supplement powder and Brewer's Yeast added. Also drink pure vegetable broth.
When the fever drops and the appetite returns, use a "starter diet" consisting of only mashed Bananas, Avocados, fresh raw Applesauce, and/or Yogurt. Do not use cooked or processed foods.
Do not give any cow's milk or formula to a feverish infant. Instead, use pure, freshly made Juices that have been diluted with a combination of 4 ounces of Quality Water and 100 to 1,000 mg of Vitamin C for each 4 ounces of juice. Infants who are 6 months old or older can have almond, rice, or soymilk, available from health food stores. Give a sick infant lots of water to prevent dehydration.
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Dehydration
Eat plenty of foods that contain Vitamin B-6, including Bananas, Potatoes, and Sweet Potatoes.
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Fasting
If you are unlucky enough to contract chickenpox in adulthood, contact your health care provider. Use a cleansing fast program to help speed recovery.
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Fasting
Use Bee Pollen or Bee Propolis, Chlorophyll, and/or Kelp to fight the virus and promote healing. Caution: Bee pollen may cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Start with a small amount, and discontinue use if a rash, wheezing, discomfort, or other symptoms occur.
Apply Vitamin E and Vitamin A, alternately, directly on the sores. Or try using L-Lysine Cream from a health food store.
Consume adequate amounts of filtered Spring Water, Steam Distilled Water, or Quality Bottled Water by sipping 1 mouthful every 30 minutes while awake.
Increase raw food and quality Protein.
Eliminate all refined carbohydrates, alcohol, processed foods, dairy products, gluten containing grains and caffeine containing foods such as coffee, tea, cola and chocolate. If overweight, limit total carbohydrate intake to not more than 60 grams per day.
Eliminate all hydrogenated fats and oils. Use only Extra Virgin Olive Oil and especially Coconut Oil. Coconut oil has anti-viral properties.
Taking the proper supplements when blisters first appear can make the blisters dry up quickly, and the discomfort may be alleviated.
Use Bee Pollen or Bee Propolis, Chlorophyll, and/or Kelp to fight the virus and promote healing. Caution: Bee pollen may cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Start with a small amount, and discontinue use if a rash, wheezing, discomfort, or other symptoms occur.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) makes up 95-oercebt of the fluid inside the eye. Acts as a shock absorber for the eye and also serves to transport nutrients into the eye. Hyaluronic Acid has been proven by numerous medical studies to alleviate pain and suffering from arthritis of the knee and other joints.
Selenium is an essential component of Glutathione, the body's most potent natural antioxidant system. It is a popular choice in many antioxidant regimens.
Taurine is a conditionally essential amino acid which is not utilized in protein synthesis, but is mainly found free in most tissues, especially throughout the nervous system.
A complete Vitamin B-Complex of 8 essential vitamins. B Vitamins are precursors of coenzymes involved in the conversion of cellular energy, manufacture of hormones and proteins, and repair and maintenance of nerve structures.
Eat plenty of foods that contain Vitamin B-6, including bananas, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
Zinc is an antiviral and essential to the body's resistance. Oral supplementation with zinc (30 to 100 mg daily) has been shown to be effective in reducing the frequency, duration, and severity of herpes in clinical studies. Zinc lozenge boosts cold season defense with zinc, widely recognized as an important nutritional support for viral defense, and Echinacea Pupurea, clinically shown to support the immune system, and Vitamin C, a vitally important vitamin for general health maintenance.
Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids provides antioxidant protection for many of the body's important enzyme systems. Both oral consumption and topical application of Vitamin C increase the rate of healing of herpes ulcers. Vitamin C not only battles the shingles virus but builds resistance back up and assists the skin in healing. Take 3,000 to 4,000 mg a day.
Vitamin A is an immune booster and a support for new cell growth. Take 50,000 IU daily for 10 days only.
Besides using Vitamin E topically, you can take 400 mg a day to assuage pain during acute phases and reduce the risk of the pain continuing.
Avoid alcohol, processed foods, colas, white flour products, sugar, refined carbohydrates, coffee, and drugs to lessen the chance of an outbreak. Herbal teas are beneficial (see herbs), but all other teas should be avoided.
Eat the following in moderation during outbreaks: Almonds, Barley, Cashews, Cereals (Whole Grains), Chicken, Chocolate, Corn, Dairy products, meat, nuts and seeds, Oats, and Peanuts. These contain L-Arginine, an amino acid that suppresses L-Lysine, the amino acid that retards virus growth. Soybeans are also high in Arginine, that may cause outbreaks of herpes.
Do not consume citrus fruits and juices while the virus is active.
If shingles appear on the forehead, near the eyes or on the tip of the nose, seek treatment from an ophthamologist.
Enhancement of the immune status is key to the prevention and control of herpes infections. Postherpetic neuralgia, as this constant pain is called, often occurs in older patients. Shingles is most common in the elderly, as well.
A topical preparation used in the treatment of shingles is DMSO. It comes as a liquid and is applied with cotton balls or it also comes in a convenient roll-on applicator.
Apply Zinc Oxide cream to the blisters and the affected area. After the blisters have healed over, apply Aloe Vera gel and Vitamin E to the area. If zinc oxide, aloe gel, and/or vitamin E do not work to heal the blisters within 3 days, intravenous injections of large doses of Vitamin C should provide relief almost immediately. Large intravenous doses of vitamin C can cause diarrhea. Let your health care provider decide how much to give. The normal dose given is between 10 and 50 centigrams (a centigram is 1/100 of a gram).
SPECIFIC NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SHINGLES
PRIMARY NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
Bio-Immunozyme Forte: Bio-Immunozyme Forte is a broad-spectrum product containing vitamins, minerals, enzymes, as well as neonatal bovine gland and organ components known to support immune function. It's in a base of superoxide dismutase, catalase, Echinacea, methyl-donors, Organik15 and chlorophyll. It's probably one of the top four sellers that Biotics Research produces and it works wonderfully. One of the reasons that many health care providers buy it is that it works so well in low doses for the chronically ill patient. With many immune products that are available in the marketplace, you have to give patients 10, 15, 20 capsules a day to get any results. In the chronic phase with Bio-Immunozyme Forte, one tablet, three times a day is generally sufficient. Dose: Take 2 tablets, 3 times daily after meals for Immune System Activation.
Bio-C Plus 1000: Bio-C-Plus 1000 is 1000 milligrams of mixed ascorbates (vitamin C) per tablet. This is a product that you would consider if you want a mixed ascorbate tablet that contains a higher level of Vitamin C that is buffered. This is a mixed ascorbate product that can be used at high levels without causing bowel distress for most people. Each Bio-C-Plus 1000 (Balanced Ascorbates) tablet supplies: Vitamin C 850 mg (1,000 mg mixed mineral ascorbates), Calcium (ascorbate) 50 mg, Magnesium (ascorbate) 32 mg, Citrus Bioflavonoids 100 mg, Superoxide Dismutase 15 mcg, Catalase 15 mcg. Dosage recommendations: Tale 1 tablet, 3 times daily after meals for Vitamin C.
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane): MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a non-toxic physiologically active source of the essential mineral Sulfur, and as such, is a natural compound found in plants and animals. MSM is a normal oxidation product of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and may be part of the natural global sulfur cycle. MSM is, therefore, the key member of the sulfur family. Sulfur is a very important element in human metabolism. Sulfur is necessary for the production of collagen, the primary constituent of cartilage and connective tissue and muscle fibers. Additionally, intracellular sulfhydryl groups are necessary for the catalytic function of numerous enzymes and to keep the muscle fibers from sticking or clumping together. Sulfur is necessary for the maintenance of healthy hair, skin and nails, and sulfur plays an important role in carbohydrate metabolism. All of us consume inadequate amounts of sulfur-containing compounds, such as methionine and cysteine. MSM can, therefore, serve as the excellent supplement source of sulfur. MSM has been extensively researched, is highly soluble, and has been found to be a safe and effective source of supplemental sulfur. MSM is used for muscular aches and pains, fibromyalgia, swelling & inflammation, allergies & asthma, emphysema and other lung problems, skin damages and repair, and intestinal problems like leaky gut syndrome & colitis. MSM plays a beneficial role in allergies, immune health, arthritis, osteoporosis, nails, fibromyalgia, muscle soreness, athletic injuries. connective tissue and joint flexibility, helping to rejuvenate joints and all body cells, lessens the pain and stiffness of arthritis, boosts energy levels. MSM combined with Vitamin C offers support for allergies, connective tissue, joint flexibility, immune function, arthritis, osteoporosis, digestive disorders, circulation, bruising, carpal tunnel syndrome, and antioxidant protection. MSM Dosage Recommendations: Take 1/2 teaspoonful of MSM Powder 4 times daily with the mineral molybdenum (Mo-Zyme Forte) 2 tablets, 3 times daily and get great results with allergies and asthma. For shingles, take 1/2 teaspoon powder, 2 to 4 times daily (depending on severity of symptoms) after meals. It is important to take with 1 Bio-C Plus 1000 Tablet (Or other Vitamin C supplement). Each rounded teaspoonful of MSM crystals supplies: MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) 5000 mg.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) / DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid): Fish Oil is a source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, namely EPA and DHA. This is one faction of the Essential Fatty Acid complex. This omega-3 oil is derived from deep cold-water fishes. After the oil is extracted it is concentrated to provide more EPA and DHA per ounce of oil. It is used as a preventative with Cardiovascular Disease. Studies have shown that EPA and DHA can prevent atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. EPA has a positive effect on the immune system and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent by blocking the bad prostaglandins and promoting the formation of the good prostaglandins. EPA has been shown to improve asthma, dermatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, psoriasis and gout. EPA and DHA have been shown to prevent and treat endometriosis, menstrual abnormalities and PMS symptoms including depression and irritability. Dosage Recommendations: Take 3 capsules once daily after a meal for Omega-3 fatty acids.
SPECIFIC NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
When symptoms or condition begins to subside, gradually, as needed, wean yourself from the Specific Nutrients & stay on the Primary Nutrients. If any symptoms re-occur resume taking Specific Nutrients.
Ultravir-X: UltraVir-X contains Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and natural Mixed Carotenoid Complex, Copper and Zinc in a proprietary mixture of Maitake Mushroom, Wheat Grass, Rutin, Hesperidin, and several herbs with known antiviral properties, Astragalus, Bupleurum, Forsythia, Stillingia, Bhumy Amalaki, and Witch Hazel. The suggested dose is two capsules, twice per day on an empty stomach. UltraVir-X is extremely effective with chronic, subacute viral infections. The inclusion of UltraVir-X into treatment programs for Hepatitis A, B and C has made a significant difference in our resolution rates. Each capsule supplies: Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 75 mg, Vitamin A (emulsified palmitate) 1500 I.U., Natural mixed carotenoids 1000 I.U., Copper (gluconate) 0.3 mg, Zinc (gluconate) 2 mg, UltraVir-X base 440 mg (UltraVir-X Base a proprietary blend of the following constituents: Maitake mushroom, wheatgrass, rutin, Astragalus membranaceous, Bupleurum falcatum, Forsythia suspensa, propolis, Stillingia sylvatice, Phyllanthus amarus, Harnamells virginiana and hesperidin.) Warning: Not recommended for pregnant or lactating women. Dosage Recommendations: Take 2 capsules, 3 times daily after meals.
L-Lysine: Lysine is one of the most well known amino acids and is an essential component of all proteins. Lysine is an essential amino acid that must be obtained through the diet or by supplements since the body cannot manufacture it. L-Lysine helps symptoms of herpes infection and cold sores. A deficiency of Lysine may trigger an outbreak of the herpes virus in infected individuals. Take 4 capsules (2000 mg) each hour for the first 4 hours, the 2 capsules 4 times daily after meals & at bedtime until clear of symptoms. NOTE: May take 2 capsules once daily thereafter as a preventative.
DMSO Topical: Use DMSO externally right on the shingle lesions. This will help control the pain and discomfort. Also, you may apply ice to the lesions by placing a wet wash cloth over the affected area and put an ice pack on the wash cloth for about 10 minutes as often as need to also control any discomfort. Pure liquid DMSO is used for various applications. DMSO is often mixed with other extracts to enhance absorption. Use health supplement grade DMSO only. Do not use industrial grade DMSO.
LIFE STYLE & PAIN MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
Consider life-style changes to avoid emotional stress. Stress reduction and keeping stress to a minimum is important. Stress reduces the immune system's effectiveness in fighting off infection. Studies have found that people with shingles report having recently been through stressful periods more often then other people. Get plenty of rest.
Depending on your level of pain, you might not feel like doing much, and you may feel weak and tired. If this is the case, be sure to listen to your body - get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activities while you are recuperating.
Avoid stress, which can worsen pain. Relaxation techniques, including listening to music or doing tai chi, might help. To take your mind off the pain, try doing other activities, such as reading a book, watching a movie or working on a hobby.
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Avoid drafts. Allow the affected area to be exposed to sunlight for 15 minutes each day. Wash the blisters gently when bathing, and otherwise avoid touching or scratching them.
If you are suffering from a rash or blisters of an unknown origin, see a dermatologist. He or she can administer a test for shingles that only takes a few minutes.
See an ophthalmologist if the shingles appear on the forehead, near the eyes, or on the tip of the nose. Untreated ophthalmic herpes zoster can lead to vision loss.
Research suggests that Capsaicin may be able to prevent outbreaks of herpes fever blisters or genital lesions.
Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), a byproduct of wood processing, is a liquid that can be applied topically to relieve pain and promote the healing of herpes outbreaks. DMSO has been used with success to relieve the pain of shingles and promote healing of outbreaks. Note: Only DMSO from a health food store should be used. Commercial-grade DMSO found in hardware stores is not suitable for healing purposes. The use of DMSO may result in a garlicky body odor. This is temporary, and is not a cause for concern.
Apply Vitamin E and Vitamin A, alternately, directly on the sores. Or try using L-Lysine Cream, an amino acid based topical cream known for its herpes virus fighting capabilities.
TIPS TO MINIMIZE SHINGLES PAIN & SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever or anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others). Never give aspirin to a child with a fever as it can result in Reye's syndrome.
Apply an anti-itch cream or calamine lotion to the affected area. A non-prescription hydrocortisone cream, containing at least 1 percent hydrocortisone, can temporarily relieve the itch. A non-prescription oral antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl, others), may be helpful if itching is severe.
Wash the blisters twice a day with regular soap and water but do not bandage them.
Apply cool, wet compresses to the blisters to relieve the pain and itch or soak in a cool water bathtub. Use water or water mixed with white vinegar - 1 ounce of Vinegar to 32 ounces of water. Apply the compresses three times a day.
Take a comfortably cool bath. Sprinkle the bath water with Baking Soda, uncooked Oatmeal or Colloidal Oatmeal - a finely ground oatmeal that is made for the bathtub (Aveeno, others).
Warm baths with a tablespoon of Salt, Epsom Salts, or Baking Soda added can ease some of the discomforts, such as itching and pain, caused by the blisters. After the bath, pat dry gently and keep the lesions dry.
Trim your fingernails to avoid infection from scratching. For infants with chickenpox, try loose fitting, soft cotton or flannel mittens.
Tetrasil Skin Ointment may help some individuals. This is Tetrasilver Tetroxide (TsT) that was originally developed for and approved by the U.S. EPA as safe, non-toxic and effective method used in destroying a wide variety of pathogens commonly found in swimming pools. Tetrasil is intended for the cleansing, beautifying and moisturizing of the human body. See www.tetrasil.com for more information about this product.
Try using essential oils. Bergamot Oil, Calophyllum Oil (related to St. John's Wort), Eucalyptus Oil, Geranium Oil, Goldenseal Oil, Lemon Oil can be used singly or in combination. These highly concentrated plant essences have strong antiviral properties. The best way to use them is to add a few drops of essential oil to a tablespoon of a carrier oil such as Almond Oil, Peanut Oil, or Olive Oil, and apply the mixture directly to the lesions at the first sign of an outbreak. In most instances, the lesions dry up and disappear completely within 3 to 4 days after this treatment.
Although very few studies have examined the effectiveness of specific homeopathic therapies, professional homeopaths may consider the following remedies for the treatment of chicken pox and shingles based on their knowledge and experience. Before prescribing a remedy, homeopaths take into account a person's constitutional type. A constitutional type is defined as a person's physical, emotional, and psychological makeup. An experienced homeopath assesses all of these factors when determining the most appropriate treatment for each individual.
CHICKEN POX HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES
Antimonium Crudum: For irritable children who are extremely sensitive to touch and may have a thick white coating on the tongue.
Antimonium Tartaricum: For large, slowly appearing pox lesions.
Mercurius: For large, pus-filled pox which may ooze; this remedy is most appropriate for individuals who sweat profusely and may have enlarged lymph nodes.
Pulsatilla: For fever associated with chicken pox; children who tend to be whiny, clingy, and weepy but have very little thirst despite the fever.
Rhus Toxicodendron: For severe itching that worsens at night and improves with warm compresses or a bath; this remedy is the most commonly prescribed.
Sulphur: For extremely itchy lesions that worsen with heat or bathing and which children will often scratch to the point of bleeding.
SHINGLES HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES
21st Century Homeopathic #4 - Detox-Virus: This products has Aranea Diadema 30C, Pyrogenium 30C, Phytolacca Decandra 3X-30C, Echinacea Purpurea 3X-30C, Astragalus Menziessil 6X-30C, Baptistia Tinctoria 3X-30C. Hydrastis Canadensis 3X-30C Lachesis Mutus 30C, Gelsemium Sempervirens 30C, Belladonna 30C, Eupatorium Perfoliatum 30C, Arsenium Album 30C, Phosphoricum Acidum 30C, Silicea 30C, Thuja Occidentalis, 30C Vaccinium Myrtillus 30C as active ingredients. Recommended Dose: 1 capful twice daily, or as directed by health care provider, preferably on empty stomach for Viral Detox.
Arsenicum Album: This remedy is used for intense burning sensation that improves with warmth and worsens with cold. If a person feels chilly, anxious, restlessness at night, and exhausted during fever - and the burning pain of the eruptions is relieved by heat and thirst - this remedy may be indicated. Discomfort is often worse around midnight. Dosage Recommended: 6C as directed on label or recommended by a homeopathic practitioner.
Apis Mellifica: Swollen, tender eruptions with burning, stinging pain and itching shiny skin in the early stages of shingles suggest a need for this remedy. Symptoms are aggravated by warmth, and relieved by cold applications or exposure to cool air. The person may be irritable and very sensitive to touch. Dosage Recommended: 30C as directed on label or recommended by a homeopathic practitioner.
Clematis Erecta: Red, burning, blister-like eruptions with terrible itching, worse from washing or contact with cold water, may indicate a need for this remedy. The person feels worse at night and from the warmth of bed - being better in open air. People who need this remedy may also have a tendency toward genito-urinary conditions. Dosage Recommended 30C as directed on label or recommended by a homeopathic practitioner.
Clematis Bach Flower Remedy Tincture, Bach Flower Essence Clematis Vitalba, 20 ml: Clematis (Clematis Vitalba) is the Bach Flower Remedy for people whose minds drift away from the present into fantasies of the future, or into alternative versions of the present.
Iris Versicolor: This remedy is often helpful for herpes zoster infection that is accompanied by stomach problems with burning sensations and nausea. Eruptions may appear especially on the right side of the abdomen. Recommneded Dosage: 30C as directed on label or recommended by a homeopathic practitioner.
Mezereum: When this remedy is indicated, intense burning is followed by bright red eruptions that itch intolerably. Sharp pains that worsen with touch. The local pain of the eruptions is worse from heat and relieved by cold applications, and cool fresh air is soothing - although the person is chilly in general and worse from getting cold. This remedy is most appropriate for individuals who are naturally chilly and sensitive to cold. Dosage Recommended: 30C as directed on label or recommended by a homeopathic practitioner.
Ranunculus Bulbosus: This remedy is indicated for intensely itching shingles lesions located on the ribcage (either on the back or chest), which are also very sore, and worse from contact with clothing or any kind of touch and movement. The blisters may look bluish. Ranunculus (Buttercup) bulb is used for neuralgia & skin eruptions. It acts especially upon the muscular tissue and skin, and its most characteristic effects are upon the chest walls, like pleurodynia. Bad effects of alcohol; Delirium Tremens. Spasmodic hiccough. Hydrothorax. Shocks throughout the whole body. Sensitive to air and touch. Chronic sciatica. The person may feel worse from alcoholic beverages, and from exposure to cold air. Dosage Recommended: 30C as directed on label or recommended by a homeopathic practitioner.
Rhus Toxicodendron: This remedy may be indicated for a rash that begins with many small blisters, is red and intensely harsh itchy and burning pain, and is relieved by hot baths or hot wet compresses, and may be relieved by touch. Restlessness makes the person want to pace the room or constantly move around. Homeopathic treatment for pain in joints and pain in ligaments. Dosage Recommended: 30C as directed on label or recommended by homeopathic practitioner.
Lachesis: This remedy is for particularly dark, sometimes purple, lesions on the left side of the body.
Causticum: This remedy for poorly healing blisters with yellow crusts. Check with your health care provider regarding correct dosage or use a dose in 6C or 30 C.
Hypericum: This remedy if for pain that shoots out along nerves like an electric shock. Check with your health care provider regarding correct dosage or use a dose in 6C or 30C.
HOMEOPATHY DOSAGE INSTRUCTIONS
Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a health care provider, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually printed on the label.
Many homeopathic health care providers suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.
If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
See Homeopathic Therapy for more information about homeopathy and Homeopathic Potencies about dosing information.
Although research results have been somewhat mixed, acupuncture may help relieve the nerve pain associated with shingles, especially when combined with standard medications. Acupuncturists treat people based on an individualized assessment of the excesses and deficiencies of qi located in various meridians. In the case of shingles, a qi deficiency is usually detected in the liver meridian with relative excess in the gallbladder meridian. Acupuncturists will often provide needle or moxibustion treatment (a technique in which the herb mugwort is burned over specific acupuncture points) around painful areas.
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MIND & BODY MEDICINE
The following relaxation techniques may help reduce the pain and stress associated with shingles and its potential complication of post-herpetic neuralgia:
MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Meditation
- Breathing exercises.
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- Progressive muscle relaxation.
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MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Biofeedback
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help you restructure your thinking about the pain from feeling completely helpless to feeling like the pain is only one negative aspect of your overall positive life.
- Another practice from which people with post-herpatic neuralgia have reported some relief is Hypnosis.
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TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
In a case series (a type of study that observes groups of people) of 56 people with post-herpetic neuralgia (see Prognosis and Complications for description of this post-shingles pain syndrome), the addition of the following traditional Chinese medical techniques to usual Western medical care helped reduce their pain of the participants in the trial:
In addition, a traditional TCM herb called Clinacanthus nutans (Bi Phaya Yaw) is able to kill VZV and other herpes viruses in test tubes. An extract of this herb has been compared to placebo in small numbers of people with shingles. It appears that a topical form of C. nutans extract may shorten the length of time that one has skin lesions from this condition. More research would be helpful. In the interim, it may be worthwhile to work with a certified Traditional Chinese health care practitioner in your area. Be sure to discuss this with your regular health care provider as well.
- Cupping (cups with suction are applied to areas of the skin to stimulate circulation).
- Chinese herbs.
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NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS (SHINGLES & HEALTH EYES)
Information, supplements and products for shingles, a viral infection of the nerve roots and products for eye-related problems. The following supplements are important for healing once appropriate local treatment has been administered. Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For children between the ages of 12 and 17, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, reduce the dose to 1/2 the recommended amount. For children under 6 years old, use 1/4 the recommended amount.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Essential L-Lysine 500 mg 3 times daily (1,500 mg daily), on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. Important for healing and for fighting the virus that causes shingles. Fights herpes virus. Caution: Do not take Lysine longer than 6 months at a time. When the amount of lysine present exceeds the amount of arginine, the growth of the herpes viruses (all varieties) is inhibited. See Amino Acids for more information. Caution: Do not take this supplement for longer than 6 months at a time. Resume therapy again if you have further outbreaks. Caution: Do not take lysine for longer than 6 months at a time. L-Lysine Cream Apply topically as directed on label. Helps fight herpes virus and localized infection of the skin. Vitamin A 50,000 IU daily for two weeks, then reduce to 25,000 IU daily for 1 month, then reduce to 15,000 daily for one week.
Emulsion: 100,000 IU daily for 1 week, then 75,000 IU daily for 1 week.
If you are pregnant do not exceed 10,000 IU daily.
An immunostimulant important for healing of tissues and boosting the immune system. Prevents spreading of infection. Promotes healthy skin and hair and needed for all eye disorders. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation and greater safety at higher doses. Plus
& Carotene Complex
15,000 IU daily. Free radical scavengers that stimulates immune response and aids in tissue healing. Cod Liver Oil As directed on label. Cod liver oil comes from fatty fish and is high in Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and essential omega-3 fatty acids. Used for the treatment and prevention of minor infections. Vitamin C
2,000 mg 4 times daily
Bioflavonoids take 30 to 60 mg daily in divided doses.
An antiviral and immune system enhancer. Aids in fighting the herpes virus and boosting the immune system. Needed to prevent sores and inhibit the growth of the virus. Important antioxidants and necessary free radical destroyers. Required for tissue growth and repair. Prevents eye damage. Also relieves pressure from cataracts. Use an esterified or buffered form. Bioflavonoids work with Vitamin C. Very Important Brewer's Yeast 1 teaspoon daily for 1 week, then gradually increase to 1 tablespoon 3 times daily, or two 20-grain tablets 3 times daily. A good source of B vitamins. Calcium
Calcium: 1,500 mg daily.
Magnesium: 750 mg daily.
To relieve stress and anxiety. For nerve function and healing. Use chelated forms. Garlic
(Kyolic or Fresh)
Kyolic: 3 capsules 3 times daily with meals.
Fresh: 3 to 4 cloves with meals 3 times daily.
An immune system stimulant and a natural antibiotic. Green Foods As directed on label. To supply chlorophyll and important nutrients needed for tissue repair, and cleasing the blood. Important in immune response. Wheatgrass is used for the treatment of cancer in many cancer clinics. Protein Supplement As directed on label. Take between meals. To supply protein required to build and repair tissue and to stimulate appetite. Beta 1,3-D-Glucan As directed on label. Useful for treating any bacterial, vital or fungal disease and infections. Stimulates the activity of macrophages, immune cells that surround and digest invading microorganisms and cellular debris. Herp-Eeze As directed on label. Possesses antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties for the treatment of the herpes viruses. H-Balm As directed on label. H-Balm contains pure, all natural, certified organic ingredients proven to eliminat herpes outbreaks. Vitamin B-Complex 100 mg of each major B vitamin and up, 3 times daily with meals (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). Important for healing and immune function. Needed for nerve health and to counteract deficiencies. Combats the herpes viruses and helps to keep it from spreading. Also works with Lysine to preven outbreaks. Use a hypoallergenic form, if available. Plus
1,000 to 2,000 mcg, two to three times daily, on an empty stomach. Prevents damage to the nerves of the eyes and nerve-related disorders. Decreases inflammation. B Vitamins are needed for healthy skin. Use logenze or sublingual form. Zinc 80 mg daily in divided doses for 1 week, then reduce to 50 mg daily. Lozenges recommended. Do not exceed a total of `100 mg daily from all supplements. Boosts and enhances immune function, healing and protects against infection. Use zinc gluconate lozenges. Important SAM-e
As directed on label. Aids in reducing pain and inflammation. Relieve stress and a natural antidepressant. Helps Depression. Produces antioxidant effects. Caution: Vitamin D-3 1,000 IU twice daily for 1 week, then reduce to 400 IU daily. Aids in tissue healing and is needed for calcium absorption. Vitamin E 200 to 800 IU daily. You can also open a capsule and apply the oil directly to the affected areas of the skin. Helps prevent formation of scar tissue. Also helps to alleviate pain and increases oxygenation and promotes healing. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form. Helpful Acidophilus As directed on label. Provides "friendly" bacteria to the intestines and stimulates the immune function. inhibits pathogenic organisms. Needed for the production of the B-Vitamins. Prevents overgrowth of harmful microorganisms in the intestines. Use a non-dairy formula. Coenzyme Q-10 60 mg daily. Improves cellular oxygenation. A free radical scavenger that boosts immune function. Coenzyme A As directed on label. Facilitates the repair of RNA and DNA. Supports the immune system's detoxification of many dangerous substances. Can streamline metabolism, ease depression and fatigue, and increase energy. Works well with CoQ10. Colloidal Silver As directed on label. A natural antibiotic that has shown effectiveness in treating lesions of chickenpox and shingles. Can be taken internally and applied externally. Essential Fatty Acids As directed on label. Promotes healing of skin and nerve tissues. Grape Seed Extract As directed on label. A powerful antioxidant that protects skin cells and decreases the number of outbreaks of blisters. Herpanacine As directed on label. Builds the immune system and fights infection. Proven effective in treating and stopping the outbreak of herpes viruses. Inflazyme Forte 4 Tablets, three times daily, with meals. Has antioxidant properties and aids in proper breakdown of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Maitake
As directed on label. Mushroom extracts with immune-stimulating and anti-viral properties. MultiVitamin
As directed on label. All nutrients are needed for enhanced healing of all bodily tissues and all are necessary in balance, Take a hypoallergenic form. Raw Thymus Glandular 500 mg twice daily. Stimulates the production of T-lymphocytes by the thymus gland. Needed for immune function. See Glandular Therapy. Wobenzyme-N
3 to 8 Tablets, two to three times daily, between meals. Destroys free radicas and aids in proper breakdown and absorption of foods. Good for inflammation.
NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
If you or a family member has symptoms of shingles or suspect shingles, but especially in the following situations:
- The pain and rash occur near your eyes. If left untreated, this infection can lead to permanent eye damage.
- You or someone in your family has a weakened immune system (due to cancer, medications or chronic illness).
- The rash is widespread and painful.
- If you are pregnant. Shingles can cause severe complications with pregnancy and the baby.
- Symptoms do not improve in 1 week, despite treatment.
- Symptoms worsen, despite treatment.
- Unusual vaginal bleeding or swelling occurs.
- Fever returns during treatment or you become generally ill.
HELPFUL RELATED RESOURCES
The Herpes Resource Center (HRC)
American Social Health Association
P.O. Box 13827
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
NHIC: HRC Website Information
Forces of Nature: H-BALM Herpes Medication Information
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Cold Sores
MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
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Amazon: Wonder-Salve, Healthing From The Hive, Durhams Bee Farm, 1 oz.
Awesome product that gives Immediate Relief from Shingles Virus. Treatment that really Works. Wondersalve is VERY effective on active shingles. There are many many testimonials for treatment of active shingles. Note that results may vary for postherpetic neuralgia (after shingles pain). This is not intended for posterpetic neuralgia. Durham's unparalleled quality salve/cream is the combination of Propolis, Aloe Vera and Goldenseal. This Wonder Salve/Cream features ingredients carefully chosen to provide your skin with the germ killing properties of Propolis, the healing effects of Aloe Vera , and anti-bacterial and anti-fungal benefits of Goldenseal. The skin nourishing formulation of Wonder Salve, reached after extensive research, maintains a delicate balance of moisturizers, natural oils, and fortifying nutrients found naturally in Propolis. This salve helps a wide variety of injuries and is exceptional for treatment of cuts, scrapes and all types of wounds and rashes. Apply liberally to affected area. For shingles patients, the relief from pain is almost immediate.
Amazon: Shinglederm Shingles Rescue Plus, Peaceful Mountain, 1.4 oz.
Extra Strength formula - maximum strength for maximum relief. All natural gel soothes nerves.
Amazon: Shing-Releev Topical Antiseptic Pain Relief And Skin Protectant Spray, 2 oz. Bottle
Relief of pain and other symptoms associated with Shingles Zoster VZV, Herpes Zoster, Chicken Pox topical antiseptic. Soothing, safe, non-toxic, no known side effects.
Amazon: Paloxin LS Extra Strength Pain Relief Cream, 1 oz.
Paloxin is a topical pain relief cream that is indicated for muscle and joint pain, arthritis, shingles, carpal tunel, sore muscles, joint pain, tendonitis, bruises body aches. Also used for tennis elbow, golf elbow, shingles, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, sciatica, RLS, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, sore back, sore neck, repetitive strain, leg cramps and a variety of injuries at work due to stress- related muscle tension. Doctor Recommended Patented Formulation with No Burning, No Side Affects, No Unpleasant Odors. Backed By 100% Money Back Guarantee. Capsaicin has been found to be one of the most effective pain relievers for arthritis, sore muscles, joint pain, tendonitis and body aches. Paloxin is a topical pain relief cream that contains the highest concentration of capsaicin (0.25% as Capsaicin Palmitate) available without a prescription. Palmitate is a vegetable oil and source of Vitamin A. Our patented formulation binds the active ingredient capsaicin to palmitate, where it remains until it penetrates the skin surface. This innovative breakthrough prevents the burning sensation typically associated with capsaicin based topical pain relief creams and pain relief gels. Apply a small amount one or two times a day and experience our pain relief promise. Paloxin provides relief by blocking the transmission of pain signals and our patented formulation does not produce the burning sensation at the site of application typically associated with capsaicin-based gels or creams. This allows the capsaicin to be delivered in a much higher concentration than other products on the market.
Amazon; Shingles Treatment For Herpes Zoster, Emuaid, 2 oz.
First Aid homeopathic ointment that claims to relieve pain and inflammation within 48 hours. Ends the virus.
Amazon: Terrasil Shingles Treatment, 44 Gram Jar
Soothes penetrating pain and intense itching. All natural formulal calms red, irritated skin. Terrasil Shingles Treatment is a soothing remedy that quickly relieves pain and clear rash. This powerful new formula combines the latest science with the finest organic and natural ingredients for superior results. Terrasil Shingles Treatment is the only shingles treatment available that blends natural ingredients with patented Activated Minerals, a proprietary blend including Magnesium Oxide and Zinc Oxide. These nutrient rich minerals support the natural production of new, healthy skin cells, skin repair and reduced scarring. You may notice the Terrasil ointment you receive looks lighter than it used to. Rest assured it's the EXACT same formulation in a lighter color to help minimize staining. Active Ingredients include Natrum Muriaticum 6X HPUS for Zoster Shingle symptom relief, Ranunculus Bulbosus 10X HPUS for Zoster Shingle blisters, stinging pain. Inactive Ingredients inclulde Cera alba (organic beeswax), Juniperus virginiana (cedarwood) oil, Magnesium oxide, Palmarosa oil, Silver oxide, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Zinc oxide. Wash and dry affected skin. Apply a thin layer of Terrasil. Repeat procedure 2 to 3 times daily until outbreak is relieved. Store at room temperature.
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