The shingles virus Varicella-Zoster is the same virus responsible for chickenpox.
If you had chickenpox as a child, after you recovered, the virus lies dormant in your nerve cells. It can reawaken as painful shingles rash when your immune system is compromised or weakens with age.
A 2016 study found that rates of shingles have been climbing since the mid-1940s. Rates rose 39% from 1992 to 2010 in people over 65 and now are beginning to rise in all age groups.
According to the CDC, “Almost 1 out of 3 people in the United States will develop shingles during their lifetime. Most people who get shingles will have it only once. However, it is possible to get it a second or even third time.
As prevention, if you are 50-60 years old or older, taking the amino acid L-Lysine 1,500 mg per day (keep 1 hour from food), as it inhibits the growth of viruses, will decrease your chance of it occurring.
The most common complication of shingles is postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), which is severe pain in the areas where nerves are damaged by the virus where the shingles rash occurred. About 10 to 15% of people who get shingles will experience PHN. The risk of PHN increases with age. About 30% of people hospitalized for shingles have a weakened or suppressed immune system.”
The pain of shingles persists after the rash has gone and, in some individuals, it lasts months or even years.
The first sign of shingles usually is a tingling feeling, itchiness, constant dull, burning, gnawing or stabbing pain on the skin typically on one side of the body on the back, side, tummy or face near the eye. A rash often appears 2-3 days after the pain begins.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states “The virus is spread through direct contact with fluid from the rash blisters caused by shingles. A person with active shingles can spread the virus when the rash is in the blister-phase. A person is not infectious before the blisters appear. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer infectious.”
Taking a statin drug (cholesterol) could put you at a higher risk of developing shingles.
According to a study published on November 13, 2013 in the medical journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, "Statins lower the immune system, possibly resulting in reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (shingles virus) already dormant in the body." In the main analysis, "The rate of herpes zoster virus (shingles) was higher among users of statins relative to nonusers of these drugs." Research found a 13% increased risk of the shingles herpes zoster among statin users compared with individuals not taking statin drugs.
In our practice we see numerous patients with postherpetic neuralgia even though they have been given treatments by their medical doctor.
To avoid long-lasting excruciating pain, it is extremely important to begin natural treatments as soon as possible after diagnosis to prevent nerve damage. The longer the person has experienced the pain, the more difficult it is to reverse it.
Upon Shingles diagnosis immediately start taking (along with your doctor's treatments):
Olive leaf extract (Natural Factors) 2 caps 3 x day to kill off the virus. ***Take it even if you are on an anti-viral medication from the doctor.
B-12 1000mcg (sublingual) (Jarrow Formulas) under the tongue 2 x day to protect the nerve.
Rodex Forte (Legere Pharmaceuticals) (which is a time released vitamin B-6 150mg) 1 cap 2 x day to protect the nerve.
Curcumin Phytosome Meriva 500mg (Jarrow Formulas) 3x day with meals for pain relief.
If sores are open apply Colloidal Silver gel to kill the infection. Once they have healed apply PlusCBD oil balm 100 mg (CV Sciences) apply topically on scabs as often as needed for pain relief.
I can’t urge strenuously enough to begin this treatment as soon as possible when shingles has been diagnosed and to continue these remedies for at least 3 weeks after all pain is completely gone. For further treatment suggestions it is advised to schedule an in-office or telephone Appointment at the Tree of Life Wellness Center. 508-336-4242
Jane Jansen Holistic Practitioner Tree of Life Wellness Center
Host Holistic Healthline Radio
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