12 Home Remedies for Shingles
Shingles is common among elderly people. However, it can be detected among young people as well. It comes from the same virus which gave us chicken pox, varicella-zoster. If proper care is not taken when you are diagnosed with shingles, you may suffer from facial paralysis or lose your eyesight.
Shingles are also referred to as herpes zoster, which spreads through the skin in the form of a blister or rash similar to chicken pox. Shingles is associated with itchiness, grueling pain, burning sensation and numbness.
Before the rash appears, you will develop tenderness and pain on a particular area of the body. It can sometimes take over a week before the rash appears and tenderness begins. You will develop red spots before they erupt into blisters. Shingles only develops on one side of the body at a time (left or right) due to the particular nerve which cases the development.
Shingles can also affect other parts of the body such as the limbs or the head. When it affects your cheeks, for example, it will surely affect your eyes. You should be extra careful during these times and consult a doctor immediately.
Blisters will heal within a week of bursting open. Light scars may be left, but they will disappear soon enough. Shingles is not a deadly disease. However, for people with HIV infection or a week immune system, Shingles can be very dangerous. People who are in the process of getting an organ transplant are also at risk since their immune system is suppressed with drugs.
Here are 12 home remedies for Shingles below —
- One remedy for Shingles is to turn two aspirin tablets into powder and then mix it into two tablespoons of alcohol. Apply this mixture to the affected area. This will provide amazing relief.
- You can apply a form of wet dressing in order to soothe the burning sensation.
- Avoid going out into humid areas and try to always keep yourself cool.
- Dab infected blisters with hydrogen peroxide for relief.
- Make sure you keep blisters dry and open. Do not burst them by scratching.
- Another way to provide relief is to make a solution of two cups of water and half a cup of apple cider vinegar. Use a cotton ball to moisten the affect area with an upward movement.
- You can use dust colloidal powder in order to reduce pain and prevent itching.
- Make a solution of raw honey, leek juice and aloe vera gel to apply to the rash.
- In addition, you can sponge the rashes or blisters using apple cider vinegar, vitamin E oil, cool goldenseal, peppermint tea or mugwort.
- As a cold compress, a solution of water and baking soda can also be applied.
- Apply a mixture of zinc oxide and yogurt along the path of the affected nerve in order to get some relief. If applied before the actual outbreak, this can help curb the outburst of blisters.
- Try avoiding foods that contain amino acid. For example, try avoiding cereal grains, chocolate, nuts and seeds.