Shingles is a disease characterized by inflammation of the nerve ganglia. The inflammation is caused due to a virus known as herpes zoster or varicella-zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox in children. Shingles is commonly seen in adults, or more aptly, older adults. The disease is marked by a painful and acute rash on one side, in the middle of the body. There are different methods for treating shingles. However, before taking a look at the remedies, let us know more about the disease itself.
Singles Causes and Symptoms
As mentioned above, this condition is caused due to the same virus that causes chickenpox in children. Although people suffering from chickenpox are cured completely, the virus stays dormant in their bodies. It can become active in later years if the immune system weakens. However, people who had not had chickenpox earlier are at a higher risk of contracting shingles in their later life. Shingles symptoms are typical and easily recognizable in the later stages. In the initial stage, one may experience headache and flu like symptoms.
However, in the later stages a rash develops which is in the shape of a strip or a band. The rash usually appears on one nerve level, however, it can also develop on two levels in some cases. Later, pus filled blisters develop in the rash causing pain and itching. The blisters open after a few days, crust over and heal. It should be noted that shingles is contagious and can easily spread to people who have a weak immune system. Let us take a look at the treatment methods for shingles.
Shingles Treatment using Homeopathy
There is no cure for this disease, however, there are several treatment methods that help in reducing the severity of the symptoms, and getting quick relief. Homeopathy has proven to be the most successful treatment methods for shingles. If you are aware of the homeopathic method of treatment, you will know that there are different remedies for the treatment of different symptoms. In fact, the treatment is based on the signs and symptoms, their severity and the manner in which they appear. Therefore, it is essential to explain the symptoms properly to the health care provider to get proper treatment.
Rhus toxicodendron or Rhus tox is one of the most effective remedies for the treatment of shingles. This remedy is used when itching blisters appear which are painful at night. Secondly, Apis is another remedy which is used when large blisters appear, which are accompanied by a burning pain which also worsens with heat and touch. Ranunculus or Ranunc Bulb is prescribed when the neuralgic pain worsens, clusters of blisters appear which worsen due to touch. Apart from these, Arsenicum album, Mezereum and Lachesis are some of the other homeopathic drugs used to treat shingles.
Along with these medications, there are also several self-help methods that you can follow for alleviating the symptoms of shingles. For e.g., you should avoid using perfumes, soaps, or any products that can aggravate the condition. Topical ointments should only be used after consulting the doctor. Secondly, you should avoid touching the blisters, or wash hands after touching them. Sharing of clothes and other personal items with other people should be strictly avoided. Lastly, you should also try to reduce stress and avoid all conditions that can aggravate the symptoms of shingles.
These remedies should be taken only on a doctor's prescription, and in prescribed amounts. It is not recommended to use any other medication while on a homeopathic treatment, without consulting the doctor. Taking proper treatment will definitely help in getting rid of the symptoms and also decrease your susceptibility to other infections. Take care!