which is also known as herpes zoster virus, is a viral disease
which is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox.
Once a person has had chicken pox, the virus which causes
it does not leave the body but rather lies dormant and can
become active once again, causing shingles.
Shingles symptoms & appearance
The first symptoms of shingles are pain, numbness, a burning
sensation, or pronounced sensitivity on a certain portion
of the skin. This is then followed by the rash, which is when
symptoms are usually diagnosed as shingles.
The rash often appears as a band that wraps around one side
of the back or torso, but can also appear on other parts of
the body, including the face and the neck. The rash, however,
is always limited to one side of the body. Other symptoms may
include blisters, chills, fever, headaches, and itching.
The exact reason for why the chicken pox virus decides to
resurface and attack the body again is unclear. Researchers
believe it may be related to a generally lowered resistance
to infection because it is often older adults who contract
shingles is not entirely necessary as the infection will clear
up in a few weeks on its own. However, shingles treatment can be used
to speed the healing process up and relieve some of the other
symptoms of shingles, which can be unpleasant.
treatment may include antiviral drugs, pain relievers, and
There are also vaccines available that may help prevent shingles
in adults, especially those who are 60 and older. It will
not eliminate the risk of infection altogether, but reduce
the symptoms should shingles present itself, and will also
reduce the chances of complications resulting from a shingles
Involvement with the eye
is one of the more serious
dangerous complications arise from a shingles infection which
erupts on the face or forehead. The eye may become involved,
and herpes-like sores may erupt in the mouth and throat.
Especially when the eye is involved, an ophthalmologist should always be
consulted to treat any related eye damage that may occur.
Shingles home remedies
a lowered immune response is considered an underlying cause
of shingles, supplements of Vitamin
complex and b-12
are usually recommended to lower
stress, strengthen the immune system, and hasten healing.
Ecinachea, olive leaf extract, lysine, and other natural
flu remedies with anti-viral properties may also help
in the 2-3 week long recovery process.