Home Remedies For Shingles
Shingles is commonly seen in elderly people, but on occasion it is detected among young people too. It comes from the same virus varicella-zoster, which gave us chicken-pox. If proper care is not taken you may loose your eyesight or even suffer from facial paralysis. Shingles are also known as herpes zoster which spreads through your skin in the form of a rash or blister similar to chicken-pox. It is associated with grueling pain, itchiness, burning sensation and sometimes even numbness.
Before the rash appears you develop pain and tenderness on a particular area of your body. It may sometime take more than a week before the rash appears. You develop red spots before it erupts into blisters. Shingles develops on one side of your body (left or right) due to a particular nerve which causes this development. It also affects other parts of your body like heads and limbs. When it affects your cheek it would surely affect your eyes, be extra careful during such times and consult your doctor immediately.
Once the blisters burst open they get healed within a week. Light scars are left which will disappear soon. Shingles may not be a deadly disease but it may prove to be dangerous for people suffering from HIV infection or getting cancer treatments, as the immune system is very weak. People who are getting organ transplants are also under threat as doctors suppress the immune system with drugs.
Powder two aspirin tablets and mix it in 2 tbsp of chloroform or alcohol. Apply this paste on the affected area. This will provide good relief.
You can apply wet dressing to soothe the burning sensation
Avoid being in humid areas. Always keep yourself cool.
When blisters get infected, dab them with hydrogen peroxide.
Keep the blisters open and dry. Do not burst the blisters by scratching.
To provide relief, make a solution by mixing 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in 2 cups of water. Use a cotton cloth to moisten the affected areas by using the upward movement.
To prevent itching and to reduce pain you can dust colloidal powder.
You can make a solution by mixing aloe vera gel, raw honey and leek juice to be applied on the rash.
You can also sponge the blisters or rashes by use of vitamin E oil, apple cider vinegar, cool goldenseal, mugwort or peppermint tea.
Baking soda and water solution can also be applied as a cold compress.
Apply a mixture of yogurt and zinc oxide along the particular path of the nerve. If it is applied before the outbreak it would help to curb the outburst of blisters.
Avoid food which contain amino acid such as chocolate, cereal grains, nuts and seeds
Eating pear of having its juice in ample amounts is good, as it has a great supply of antiviral caffeic acid.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do i have shingles in my mouth?
okay so about 2 yrs ago i got shingles on the side of my face rite next to my eye. and now in the last week i have noticed that my mouth had a blister on it and it wasnt very pianful but in the last couple of days i noticed my lips are very chapped and sore. They almost look like a bunch of scabs. but then when i opened my mouth i also noticed i had little round sores all over my tongue and i had white patches on my tonsils. its very sore and i cant eat anything bc when i do it burns hwen i try to eat or drink anything. PLZ HELP!!
I'm not sure if its shingles but it doesn't sound healthy for you. If I were you I would definetely go to the doctor and get some medicine for that because I think that is the only way you will be able to get rid of them.
Sorry, but that is probably the best thing you can do for yourself right now.
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Just recently diagnosed with shingles on one side of my face?
I have blisters and scabs all over one side of my face it is really painful I also have the shingles in my ear, blister on my eardrum and in my ear. My mouth is swollen and blisters on the edge of my lips having a hard time to eat also have no appetite. Was prescribed PMS-VALACYCLOVIR for seven days. I seem to be getting a fever every day too. Can anyone help with information on shingles
Are blood blisters, bruises and shingles an indication of a relapse for Hodgkin's Lymphoma?
I saw my oncologist this afternoon because on Saturday night an urgent care doctor diagnosed me with an acute case of shingles. She said the shingles were caused by my weakened autoimmune system. She sort of freaked me out because she had this look on her face that seemed like she was worried or something. She seemed to be concerned about these bruises I have, but I always have bruises because I'm a dancer and an athlete. I get bruises all the time!
Now it's like 1 in the morning and I woke up because my mouth was throbbing and I was horrified to see that my mouth was filled with blood blisters. I've never had them before. There's like 13 of them, and my mouth throbbing.
I've been totally fine otherwise. I had pneumonia earlier this year, and a few little sinus infections and the like, but nothing seriously wrong. I've lost some weight, but I'm dancer and this is competition season, so that's normal.
I know I just have to be patient and wait for the results, but it's 1:20 in the morning and I'm in total agony and now kind of concerned. Does it sound like I'm relapsing?
I've been NED for HLIIIB for 11 months now.
I asked a question about shingles the other day from my main account because YA was glitching and it wouldn't post here. I just don't want my contacts to read about this issue.
What do I do for the blood blisters? They HURT.
AD - I read the symptoms for leukemia. I do have some of them, but there are other explanations for each one. I do have flu-like symptoms, but that's just a part of having shingles. My gums aren't really bleeding. I just have blood blisters on the inside of my cheeks. I don't think that counts as a symptom.
I am freaked out that they keep coming. They're like all over my mouth now. I didn't even eat anything that causes them! I've done exactly what I was told to do for the shingles. Except for sleeping. I'm scared to sleep now because I toss and turn so much I'm afraid I could accidentally pop one and cause an infection. I just know that I don't have leukemia. I don't even think I could be relapsing with HL already. It's only been 11 months. I just don't think that would happen to me.
Thank you for the information, though. At least now I'm aware of AML's symptoms.
Update: It's 3 in the afternoon now, and my oncologist called my dad and we're going back in at 4 for more tests. They just want to run a few more things. I still have no real answers as to what's going on.
Thanks for your answers, though. : )
Hopefully you have just been pushing yourself a bit hard and this has triggered the shingles.
The blood blisters in your mouth could be a variation on the shingles.
Try gargling with warm water with salt and bicarb dissolved in it. This should calm them down so you can sleep.
Not a lot you can do until you see can see your Dr again tomorrow, unless it is bad enough to go to emergency tonight.
Hugs & good luck! You don't deserve this after all you have already been through.