Today I really don’t feel like writing much – but one of my reader has constantly requested I write something on shingles, and I promised him severally that I will offer him a solution. If you are reading this, first I want you to know that Shingles is not life threatening, so there is nothing to be worried about. I totally understand how painful it can be, because I have being in that exact position in this past. I can still remember the painful blistering rash wrapped around my left torso – and inflammation it caused me. The symptoms are generally characterized by painful, burning sensation, red rash that starts a few days after the pain and fluid-filled blisters that breaks open and crust over. Most people often complain of fever, headache, fatigue and sensitivity to light, while for some they experience the rash without pain. The good news is that shingles is not contagious but it can still infect a person who hasn’t had chickenpox in the past. Shingle and Chickenpox how are they related? Both are caused by the same virus (varicella-zoster) after recovering from chicken pox, the virus stays back and lies idle in your nerve tissue close to your spinal cord and brain. Years later the virus can be awaken by stress (emotional or physical). Thus the disease is most common among individuals over the age of 50. Developing chicken pox at an early age may greatly lower the risk of developing shingles. I strongly advise you don’t go the usually route of taking prescribed drug. I wouldn’t dispute the fact that this drugs works but they sure do come with some adverse effects.
Effective Home Remedies for Shingles
Honey for Shingles
Honey works quite well in the treatment of shingle this is partly because it draws fluid away from wound and its high sugar content helps inhibit the growth of harmful microorganism.
- High quality Manuka Honey
Direction: The aim here is to keep the sores constantly bathed with honey. Simple apply honey in a semifluid form directly on the affected area. Do this four times daily.
An alternative is to try the mixture of honey and vinegar – make a paste of this combination and dab it on your sore. This is an effective way to make shingles dry up.
Baking Soda or Cornstarch
Applying baking soda to the rash helps dry the sores, this helps them heal quickly.
- 1 tsp of baking soda
Direction: Make a paste of baking soda and water by mixing a generous amount a baking soda with small amount of water. Stir till you have a thick consistency. Apply this paste on the infected area as often as possible. This will help calm and dry the blisters.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is an excellent source of acetic acid which is a potent antimicrobial and can helps kill several type of bacteria.
- ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 cups of Distilled Water
Direction: Simply mix ½ of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water. Use a cotton swab to soak the mixture. Apply the swab to the affected areas. Repeat this 3 times daily. The shingles will gradually dry up.
Aloe Vera and Cayenne Pepper
This duo works very well in the treatment of shingles. Aloe Vera is well known for its soothing and healing effect and it helps soothe the rash while pulling out moisture from it – this causes it to dry out and activate the healing process
- 2 tsp of aloe vera pulp
- Cayenne pepper
Direction: Using a teaspoon or knife, collect the pulp from the aloe vera. Mix the pulp with powdered cayenne pepper to form a consistent paste. Apply this paste on the affected area. Repeat this thrice daily, till the shingles dries up
Turmeric is another potent nature’s ingredient for shingles. It can also be used for other skin infections like ringworm, bruise, leech, bites, inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside of the mouth and infected wounds.
- 3 tsp of turmeric
- 3 cups of water
Direction: Bring 3 cups of water to boil, then add turmeric powder and allow it to form a paste. Apply the paste on affected areas. Repeat this twice daily. The shingles will begin to dry up
Use a wet compress.
Wet compress is usually used to reduce the inflammation resulting from shingles. Applying a wet compress of cold water will make you feel great while reducing the itching.
- A wash cloth
- A bowl of cold water
Direction: Soak the wash cloth in cold water, wring it out and apply it to affected area. Repeat this after several minutes to renew the feeling. Please dear one, always remember to wash your towels after you use them on shingles
Try Epsom Salt
Another remedy I strongly suggest you try out is the Epsom salt remedy. It works well in soothing inflammations and drying up the blisters.
- 3 tsp of Epsom salt
- I glass of water
Direction: Make a paste of Epsom salt by mixing it with little amount of water. Apply the paste on the affected area. Repeat this twice daily as desired.
Use Calamine Lotion
I have found that calamine lotion also works well in the soothing of inflammation and itching associated with Shingles. When applied to on affected area it evaporates from your skin while drawing moisture out of the blisters.
Garlic has made its name as one of the strongest antiviral food and it has proven to be great in the treatment of shingles.
- Five cloves of garlic
Direction: Simply make a paste of garlic by mashing five garlic cloves together. Apply the paste on affected area. Leave for about five minutes before washing off warm water. Repeat this few times daily for about two weeks. The shingles will gradually dry off. Garlic can also be eaten or taken orally. It is also available in capsules.
Oat Meal Bath
Oat meal bath and starch bath can also be used to heal irritated and painful skin.
- Oat meal
- Luke warm water
Direction: Stir a reasonable amount of oatmeal in lukewarm water – hot water should be avoided, because they can further irritate your skin and worsen the rash. Immense yourself in the water and stay for at least 20 minutes. Then pat dry
- Those who have never had chickenpox or shingles before should avoid contact with those who have an outbreak of with both
- Exposure to fluid from shingles causes chicken pox and possible shingles in near future.
- The varicella vaccine, although originally given to children as an immunization against chickenpox, can also be used for adult who never had chicken pox – this reduces the chances and complications while reducing the severity of the disease.
- Consumption of fresh vegetables like mushroom, yellow ball pepper, spinach and tomato can help with the treatment of shingles. The best way to take this vegetables is through juicing.
- Try as much as possible to keep the inflamed skin clean and dry
- Do not pick the blisters
- Do not share any cloths or towels with others.
- Lemon balm and coconut oil can also be used to treat shingles