Cure For Shingles

Shingles is a virus which resembles, and is commonly associated with, chickenpox; the symptoms of the two are both caused by the herpes-zoster virus. Shingles arises due to an infection of the nerve and the skin which surrounds it and is commonly found down either the left or right side of the body. The virus is caused by a reactivation in the body of the chickenpox virus which stays in the nervous system for life after having had the virus and can last up to four weeks.

The main symptoms of shingles are pain and irritation due to the rash; these symptoms are mostly felt by people over 50 who are most at risk of contracting the virus. There is no cure for shingles and no jab is currently available for the prevention of the virus. There are, however, numerous treatments available that can help to reduce the severity and help in the recovery of a sufferer.

The earlier the sufferer is able to seek medical attention the lower risk of severe rashes and pain as-well as complications as a result of the shingles. Early medical advice can be sought upon the understanding of the early signs of the virus.

Early signs of shingles

The cure for shingles is in the form of treatment; the earlier treatment can start the better. The earliest sign of shingles will a feeling of oversensitivity and tenderness in the affected area; this is generally the chest or the abdomen. A dull and constant pain will usually be felt for several days before the signs of a rash are apparent.

The rash will develop and follow a route of a nerve supply in the skin, small red spots are the first sign of the shingles rash but spots will quickly develop into blisters containing a fluid. Other signs of shingles may include muscle pain, a feeling of exhaustion, a high temperature and becoming generally unwell.

Treatment for shingles

Should you encounter any of the early symptoms of shingles then it is best to contact a doctor immediately. A GP will be able to provide you with medication that can help as a cure for shingles symptoms; they will also be able to recommend self-help steps that can be taken to improve your condition.

Self-help techniques include keeping the rash clean, covering the rash and wearing loose clothing. Keeping the rash clean and dry will help prevent the risk of any bacterial infection, covering the rash can be beneficial to avoid spreading. You should only use non-adhesive coverings for a shingles rash as adhesive products such as plasters can add to the irritation. Wearing loose clothing will help to keep you comfortable and prevent rashes becoming irritated.

Medication is the closest thing available to a cure for shingles and is administered in the form of painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and codeine or capsaicin creams.

On rare occasions GP’s may prescribe antidepressants and anticonvulsants to help with severe pain by stabilising the nerves.

 

 

 

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