Shingle is a viral infection that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). This viral infection brings about a painful rash with blisters on the skin. The initial signs of a shingles infection are a feeling of pain or tingling on the skin, a headache and a general feeling of sickness. After a few days, a rash will appear on the skin. The following are some of the remedies that can help in relieving both the pain and itchiness as well as enhance the healing of shingles;
Lotions and creams
One should go for lotions and creams that are soothing since they are known to increase the level of comfort. Lotions and creams that have capsaicin as the natural ingredient tend to be highly effective. Capsaicin is the ingredient that is active in chili peppers and contains an anti-inflammatory effect that helps relieve pain. It should be applied 3-4 times for maximum benefit. The cream works by reducing pain signals sent to the brain.
Research has shown that extracts from oath can help moisten dry skin and calm skin that is sensitive and inflamed. Individuals can use oat products while taking a cold bath to assist in pain-relieving as well as itchiness. The colloidal oatmeal products have been approved to be effective and a safe way of treating shingles. This is because the oat products are able to exclude the proteins so as to prevent allergic reactions. The active products in oat products that are essential in reducing inflammation include saponins and flavonoids.
An immune system that is weak will tend to worsen the condition of shingles. However, some changes in an individual’s diet will go a long way in strengthening one’s immune system and reduce the chances of the shingles spreading to other body parts. An individual should take the necessary steps so as the boost the immune system function by taking the right foods. This will help in fighting the condition of the shingles. A diet for individuals with shingles should include foods rich in vitamins and amino acids. Such foods include red meat, green vegetables, orange, and yellow fruits among others.
This is a flower that grows in most parts of North America and occurs in either a blue or purple color. Research shows that it has a positive effect on relieving pain caused by shingles as well as reducing the possibilities of other conditions. It reduces pain and enhances healing by reducing the inflammation of the skin. This natural herbal remedy can be obtained by boiling the plant in water and taking it orally.
By applying a cool and moist compress on the affected areas of the body can help reduce the pain as well as itchiness caused by the shingles rash. One can hold a wet cloth or a cool compress on the site of the rash. This also assists in reducing inflammation. The coolness of the cloth or compress is essential in reducing pain.
It is important for everyone to note that there is no cure for shingles yet. The above remedies are only essential in reducing the pain and reduce other discomforts caused by shingles.