Recovering from Shingles

Shingles is an unpleasant and painful condition due to reactivation of the chickenpox virus, herpes zoster, which lies dormant in the nervous system after infection during childhood. After an attack of shingles, at least one in ten sufferers continue experiencing unpleasant burning, gnawing or shooting pains in the affected area for several months or even years. This is known as post-herpetic neuralgia and unfortunately, it does not respond well to painkillers.

Studies suggest that high dose vitamin E supplements may help to reduce the pain of shingles - perhaps by stabilizing the nerve cell membrane. Aromatherapists suggest applying neat tea tree oil to shingles lesions. The oil has an antiviral action which, although it stings at first, may help to stop pain and itching.

Herbs used to help treat shingles include: echinacea, garlic, ginger and lemon balm which may be used internally or externally. St John's wort can help the depression that accompanies post-herpetic neuralgia.


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Posted by james rodgers on Wed, Jun 22nd, 2011
i am 67yrold male and have been suffering from the after effects of shingles now after 3 months still getting sharp shooting pains and constant lack of energy, has anyone any remedies, doctor just gives me more pills and says it will take time,
help please
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Posted by dee thibodeaux on Fri, Apr 15th, 2011
diagnosised with shingles dec 2010, have tried EVERYTHING. My house looks like a pharmacy and nothing works. Still suffering with the fever and pain.
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Posted by Anthony Semler on Mon, Sep 8th, 2008
no matter what you put on it , the pain does    not stop...The best thing for Shingles is Valtrex and lots of sleep, Anthony 29
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