Treatments for shingles
Shingles is a skin condition that stems from the same virus that causes the chickenpox. Just like there is no vaccine against getting the chickenpox, there is no vaccination available to protect adults against a shingles infection. Shingles and the chickenpox are not the same thing, which is why even doctors will tell you that you only get the chickenpox once. However, traces of the virus can remain dormant in the body for many years; if reactivated, the virus may manifest as a shingles skin rash, and new treatments may be needed to bring a shingles outbreak under control.
Fortunately, shingles rarely develops into a serious health problem. However, shingles can ravage your healthy skin if the proper treatment measures aren't taken. Just as severe chickenpox can result in scarring and skin blemishes, shingles can also leave the skin with permanent damage if not cared for. Shingles treatment is also important in curbing the spread of the condition. Although not as contagious as chicken pox, shingles can be spread from one person to the next among people who are more vulnerable to the condition.
Topical Shingles Treatment
The first step for treating shingles is to make the patient comfortable, and this means stopping the itching and burning that often accompanies the shingles skin condition. Until the discomfort of the skin rash stops, the patient will still feel pressured to itch and scratch at his or her rashes. This can lead to further skin damage, increased pain and a prolonged period of symptoms. Using medicated topical creams not only helps to reduce symptoms over time, but also to reduce itching and burning, thus negating the need to scratch and pick at shingles sores.
Medication for Shingles Treatment
There are several medications available to people with shingles that can help reduce the severity and duration of shingles symptoms. Without treatment, some people will see a decline in their shingles symptoms over a period of three to four weeks, with all shingles eventually fading on their own. In other cases, symptoms of shingles can last much longer, with severe itching and discomfort for the duration of the shingles flare up. A doctor can prescribe powerful medications that can alleviate the symptoms of shingles and speed up the end of new symptoms. There are also over-the-counter medications that have proven to be helpful in helping people who have shingles. When taking shingles medication, the best thing patients can do is to keep track of their symptoms in a journal and stay in touch with their doctors about how well their treatments are working.
Shingles Home Remedies
Although there are simple home remedies for numerous other conditions - eating chicken soup or drinking more herbal tea come to mind for relieving cold or flu symptoms - there are no such easy home remedies for shingles. However, protecting your body and living a healthy lifestyle will minimize your chances of developing the disease, if you're one of the people who is most at risk of developing a shingles skin disorder. Eating a healthy diet and exercising on a daily basis both help to strengthen your immune system and reduce your risk of shingles. When itching from shingles becomes severe, people with shingles can also try a mixture of baking soda and water as a means to cool the skin and reduce itching. The other thing people with shingles should do is to avoid contact with others. There's no easy way to provide treatment for shingles, but patients directly control whether they risk spreading the skin disease on to others.
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— Terrell Francis
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