How to Get Rid of Shingles
Do you have fever, headache followed by burning sensations with pain and itching in a particular area of your body? If so, then you should seek help from your family physician immediately. It could be Shingles!
If the above said symptoms have followed immediately after you got chickenpox, you can be dead sure that it is Shingles. It is also known as Herpes Infection and this is caused by an agent known as Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV). The pain can really be a torture and the rashes can make you shut yourself up in your room. It normally occurs in children and young people. For the old, if their immune system is weak and if they have had chickenpox in their young age, there is a strong possibility of occurrence of Shingles because the virus which causes chickenpox is not completely eliminated from the body. The chickenpox virus remains within the system, but stays dormant. It is still a big question as to how the virus gets re-activated!!
During pregnancy, if you are attacked by VZV for the first time and causing chicken pox then, your fetus will be infected leading to complications in the new born. It has also been found that there is a very slight risk of people getting cancer due to this infection.
A surprising fact is shingles can occur if you are under stress and if you are not handling your stress properly. Shingles can stay for 2 to 3 weeks and it is a virus which cannot be eradicated from the body as there is no treatment.
Shingles is a communicable disease so, beware! If your friends are affected by it, follow the policy of not sharing your clothes or using your friend’s. Put a temporary break to your thoughts of eating in the same plate and sharing the same bed with your friends. This is not to dissuade you from helping your friend but to keep yourself healthy in order to help your friend better.
Enough of the frightening now, so let’s discuss the treatment for Shingles!
Shingles can be prevented by taking a vaccination for VZV.
The only way to get treated is to start the treatment within 72 hours of its occurrence. Anti-viral medicines prescribed by doctors can help to reduce the severity and duration of its occurrence. Anti-viral drugs also inhibit the virus DNA replication.
Keep the rashes cool in order to give you relief from itching. You can use a slightly chilled ice pack or cool compress to relieve the pain and itching. If the itching is severe, you can use calamine lotion or OTC cream which contains 1% hydrocortisone.
You can also use Aveeno Maximum Strength Anti-itch cream or Cortaid Maximum Strength Anti-itch cream. These products are available in any drug store without prescription. If the itching is severe, you can take oral anti-histamines, such as Benadryl. But, do not ever scratch yourself hard, because the burning sensation after that will be terrible.
You can also use Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID) like Motrin, Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Take a physician’s help before going for these drugs as taking a quantity without the right prescription will lead to other health complications.
Always clean the rashes either with cool or lukewarm water and use only antibacterial soap with drying action. Wash gently and do not scrub the area because scrubbing not only increases the pain and burning sensation, but also causes it to spread to other areas. After washing, allow it to air-dry and do NOT bandage!
If shingles occurs around the eyes, take immediate help of your physician and do not try any home remedy. The good news is, there is no history of Shingles recurrence in a person for more than 3 times, so there, you can sleep peacefully now!