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Information on Shingles
Shingles (otherwise known as Herpes Zoster) is a painful, blistering rash caused by the chickenpox (varicella) virus.
The typical rash consists of red patches of skin with small blisters (vesicles) that look very similar to early chickenpox. The rash often increases over 3 to 5 days when the blisters break to form small ulcers that begin to dry and form crusts. The crusts fall off in 2 to 3 weeks, leaving behind pink healing skin.
The rash typically appears along a single dermatome (an area of the body served by a single spinal nerve), and is only on one side of the body (unilateral). The trunk is most often affected, showing a rectangular belt of rash from the spine around one side of the chest to the sternum (breastbone).
Lesions may affect the trigeminal nerve, which has three branches that go to the forehead, the mid-face, and the lower face. Eye lesions may lead to permanent blindness if not treated with emergency medical care.
Shingles may be complicated by post-herpetic neuralgia, which is persistence of pain that may last from months to years following the initial episode. The pain can be severe enough to be incapacitating. The elderly are at higher risk.
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) is caused by the virus Herpes zoster, which causes chickenpox. After having chickenpox, the virus lies dormant in the nerves. Shingles occurs when it is activated in one particular nerve to the skin, thus explaining the way it affects a clearly demarcated band of skin only. The cause of the activation is usually unknown, but seems to be linked to aging, stress, or an impaired immune system.
Widespread or recurrent shingles may indicate an underlying problem with the immune system such as leukemia, Hodgkin's disease and other cancers, atopic dermatitis, HIV infection, or AIDS. People with suppressed immune systems due to organ transplant or treatment for cancer are also at risk.
Tests are rarely necessary, but may include:
Viral culture of skin lesion
Tzanck test of skin lesion
Complete blood count (CBC) may show elevated white blood cells, a nonspecific sign of infection
Specific antibody (immunoglobulin) measurement demonstrates elevation of varicella antibodies
Specialty Lab Tests
Products to consider
Most natural health web sites put a list of herbs, vitamins and nutritional supplements along with citations from scientific studies.
Have you found this to be confusing, since there are so many to choose from?
A far simpler way is to choose a supplement from the appropriate body system, such as liver support, detoxification, etc.
A well formulated supplement works a lot better than separate vitamins and usually costs a lot less.
Please call me at (239) 659-2684 if you would like some assistance in choosing an appropriate product.
I can't diagnose or treat diseases by phone, but I can assist you in making better choices. I also can send some relevant articles to read. The first ten minutes are free (as long as you purchase from my web site).
The next step, after you have been diagnosed with a disease, is to find out what is the specific cause, and then choose supplements that address it. Phone consults are my specialty. Please call my at (239) 659-2684 to schedule a consultation.
I recommend that you make an informed choice, and the goal of this web site is to provide you with the information to make a wise choice when it comes to your health and wellness.
As you can see, I don't sell any vitamins on this web site. There are thousands of vitamin stores that will sell you whatever vitamin you want, and many of them offer discounts.
If you are interested in some high-quality basic nutritional supplements, I recommend visiting the Store You will find my recommendations for a multiple, tasty chewable fiber wafers, high-potency probiotics, and fish oils.
Good luck in your journey towards health and wellness!!
Unfortunately, that would be a clear violation of FDA regulations. Also, one of the most important aspect of naturopathy is: "Treat the person, not the disease". This is a profound statement, and many people have spent thousands of dollars on vitamins listed in books or web sites for a specific disease. This is what I call "vending machine medicine". It rarely works! The solution is to find a naturopathic physician, such as myself, to assist you.