A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Shingles
I had a question the other day about shingles.
Shingles is a painful skin rash.
It’s caused by the varicella zoster virus.
Shingles usually appears in a band, a strip, or a small area on one side of the face or body.
It’s also called herpes zoster.
Shingles is most common in older adults and people who have weak immune systems.
Most people who get shingles will get better and will not get it again.
Shingles occurs when the virus that causes chickenpox starts up again in your body.
After you get better from chickenpox, the virus “sleeps” (is dormant) in your nerve roots.
In some people, it stays dormant forever.
In others, the virus “wakes up” when disease, stress, or aging weakens the immune system.
It’s not clear why this happens.
But after the virus becomes active again, it can only cause shingles, not chickenpox.
You can’t catch shingles from someone else who has shingles.
But there’s a small chance a person with shingles can spread the virus to another person who hasn’t had chickenpox and who hasn’t gotten the chickenpox vaccine.
Shingles symptoms happen in stages.
At first you may have a headache or be sensitive to light.
You may also feel like you have the flu but not have a fever.
Later, you may feel itching, tingling, or pain in a certain area.
That’s where a band, strip, or small area of rash may occur a few days later.
The rash turns into clusters of blisters.
The blisters fill with fluid and then crust over.
It takes 2-4 weeks for the blisters to heal, and they may leave scars.
Some people only get a mild rash, and some don’t get a rash at all.
It’s possible you could also feel dizzy or weak, or you could have long-term pain or a rash on your face, changes in your vision, changes in how well you can think, or a rash that spreads.
To deal with shingles it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Review my post on keeping clean on the inside.
*Breathe easier; purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Consume a 50% raw food diet: lots of fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible). Include fresh juicing.
*Consider liver and colon cleanses.
*Increase exercise, deep breathing, relaxation, stress management and energy techniques.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect to nature, adequate rest.
*Deal with any underlying emotional issues.
*Consider skin brushing, Epsom salt baths, hydrotherapy or add baking soda to bath water.
*Ensure regular (2 per day) bowel movements.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds.
*Investigate and eliminate “hidden” allergies/sensitivities.
*Decrease or eliminate any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, and deep-fried foods.
*Decrease or eliminate sugar-laden foods, white flour products, simple carbs.
*Decrease or eliminate processed, instant, chemical-laden, “lifeless” foods.
*Decrease or eliminate smoking, alcohol, coffee, soda pop, processed juices.
*Become educated about all possible side effects and detrimental influences of any medications or treatment procedures you are taking or considering.
*Research and address underlying Candida issues.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Explore dental amalgam toxicity.
*Explore the use of Tea Tree Oil.
*Use Lip Treatment SPF15 for lips.
*Consider 180 Energizing Tea.