April 14 at 3:46 PM • Comments: 0 • Views: 8793

Is There Any Natural Treatment For Shingles?

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to take care of your shingles outbreak without taking medications filled with side effects? Well, there are some ways that you can treat your shingles at home without taking any prescribed meds.

What you can do at Home

It is very important that you play the role of your own nurse. No one can take better care of you than yourself - after all, you know what hurts and what works. Having those painful and itchy blisters from shingles can be tremendously uncomfortable, so to help, you should take good care of your skin. To better help the sores, you should keep from scratching and constantly rubbing the blisters. Also, cleanliness plays a huge role, so make sure to use mild soap and clean your skin daily.

Medications vs. Natural Products

It is a well known fact that no medication comes without side effects. And sometimes, those side effects are just as bad as or worse than the problem you have. Many people are looking for natural ways to deal with the illnesses that they have especially painful sicknesses like shingles. Why suffer more than you have to? Without side effects, natural treatments can offer you healthy ways to live with your shingles outbreak.

Medications and their Side Effects

Many of the well known medications have side effects that are hard to ignore. For example, Gabapentin, also known as Neurotin, is a anticonvulsant drug. It is used to relate to the brain chemical gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA). They are capsules that are prescribed to help those with shingles (herpes zoster), but what's more important are the side effects:

  • Dizziness
  • Eye twitching
  • Sleepiness
  • Fatigue
  • Unsteady gait

It is said that you can use aspirin, a well known drug, for treating the pain caused by shingles. Now, if you have read the back of most aspirin bottles, you will notice the following side effects:

  • Black, bloody or tarry stools
  • Severe nausea, vomiting, stomach pain
  • Fever lasting over 72 hours
  • Swelling or pain lasting longer than 10 days
  • Coughing up blood or vomit that resembles coffee grounds
  • Hearing issues, like ringing in the ears

None of these side effects sound appealing and some of them cause you much more pain and even more problems for you. Aspirin is designed to take as needed, but who wants to risk getting any of the above side effects when they already have the painful shingles?

Natural Treatments

It is recommended to find the treatments that work best for you and to properly do so; you should do as much research about a product before taking them. Knowing what good it can do for you is just as important as knowing the bad it can cause.

What Natural Treatment is Available?

There are many natural treatments out there that claim to work the best, so how do you know which one to take? As mentioned before, doing research and reading reviews from consumers can help you make your decision. You should also talk with a doctor before committing to any new treatment.

Sources:

http://www.drugs.com/aspirin.html

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/shingles-home-treatment

http://www.medicinenet.com/gabapentin/article.htm

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