Shingles - Causes

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What are the causes of shingles?

Shingles affects individuals who have previously had an attack of chicken pox. It is caused by the second eruption of the virus and is more commonly seen in elderly people due to their ageing and weak immune system.

The varicella zoster virus, which causes the shingles, belongs to the herpes family. The virus, after causing chicken pox during childhood,remains dormant or quiet in the nerve cells near the spine. Other herpes virus cause cold sores and genital herpes.

A weak immune system reawakens the varicella virus, causing shingles. The immune system may be weakened by -

  • Age
  • Certain medications like steroids, chemotherapy drugs and immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection of organ transplants.
  • Certain diseases, like cancer and HIV
  • Radiotherapy

Once active, the virus travels along the path from the nerves to the skin, leaving a trail of destruction along the nerves through which they travel. The result is the manifestation of pain and rashes, characteristic of shingles.

No one is sure of what re-activates the quiet virus. Sometimes stress or a minor infection can trigger an attack.

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Hi Friends, I have been afected with herpes Zoster, started with pain in left hand and left underarms 3 weeks back. Nearly 1 week back got rashes in left hand and near chest. Now I am taking antiviral tablets and other medictines prescribed my the doctor. Now my rashes has become balck but still have pain in and arround underarms and near left breast. I would like to know whether this can be completely cured? I am 30 years old and I am trying for a baby. Wether herpes would aftec the chance of getting pregnant? Whether this wud aftect the baby during prepgnacy? whether is thr any chance of speading to my parter and 4 year old daughter? I am realy confused with this. I kidly request you people to help me to get my answers....Thanks in advance

I've had phn for 7yrs.I've taken lots of meds inc. natural such as neuropathy. even so if it wasn't for the med I CURRENT TAKE GIVE ME SOME QUALTY OF LIFE.But as far aS i can see I will never be pain free. So what the use of livin. thanks linda gibson hou tx so tried of fighting these pain

The visible symptom of shingles is a very blistery rash that looks like a fever blister. This shingles symptom only occurs on the one side of the body and runs in the distribution of the nerve. The distribution of the nerve is not something that the patient would recognize, that's something that the dermatologist would recognize. The symptom of shingles are in the oral health category. http://www.simplehealthguide.com/

Barbo

I am 75 and have been battling Shingles for about 8 weeks....I took Valtrex and am on Lyrica....The spots are pretty well healed but the pain under my left rib cage, diaphram, and back is unreal....it is almost like it has gone inside and under. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciataed....Thanx, Barbo

carmen475

The medicines for shingles are Acyclovir, Famciclovir and Valtrex. The doctor prescribed Valtrex. He asked me to apply it topically with cotton and oxygen peroxide twice daily and leave it for 2 hours.

I have also got an anti-inflammatory plant (Yerva mora) Solanum nigrum ?Black nightshade which proved effective. First place the leaves in a cotton role and powder it. Then mix it with peroxide and apply it on the affected area for 2 hours twice a day. I supported the cotton with a little bag made of rolled gauze. I put a plastic piece above it to avoid stain to my clothes. In 3 days I got rid of the marks.
Basil leaves with peroxide can also prove to be a cheap and wonderful medicine. It helps to bring down the pain and stops shingles from advancing. Apple cider vinegar can also be used similarly to get rid of shingles in less than a month.

Take Vitamins E sometimes, and B complex liquid or sub lingual for a week. Shingles will soon get cured. However just be careful to avoid contamination by allowing anyone to touch the affected area. The Internet would give you all information regarding the contamination period. In addition be careful while handling food. However do not use the fruits of Black nightshade, but only use it topically.

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