Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Shingles is caused by the Herpes varicello-zoster virus, more commonly known as Herpes-Zoster, which also causes Chickenpox.

Many adults had Chickenpox as a child and retain the virus in their bodies, kept in check by their immune system. As they get older, or become unwell it can be reactivated and cause Shingles. As well as age making people more vulnerable, stess and illness that reduces the efficacy of the immune system appear to be triggers.

While their is no cure for the virus as such (similarly to how we all carry some chickenpox inside us without it having any effect), there are ways to treat the condition and techniques to stop an outbreak. Shingles is unpleasant to say the least with painful rashes accompanied by feeling unwell for 7-10 days and often a month to fully recover. Complications can also occur such as neuralgia which can cause significant pain for several months after the shingles has gone.

Fortunately there are treatments available and you should consult your doctor if you suffer from shingles. However, there is also a great deal of information available on tecniques and approaches to treat shingles and particularly to address the causes for outbreaks before they happen, rather than treating the symptoms. Our research has uncovered a small number of products developed by reputable practitioners that have proven highly successful in treating shingles. We have provided links should you wish to explore these further.

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