Are you ready for a daunting statistic?… 1 in 3 people in the United States will develop the shingles virus at some point in their lifetime.
The notorious itching, burning, and pain of shingles will lead you into a desperate search to find a quick-acting shingles treatment.
My dad has shingles. His outbreaks are typically a result of his immune system being compromised.
For a guy that has a pretty high threshold for pain, I’m surprised at how his shingles breakouts really affect him. He breaks out in a rash, complains of severe pain, has less energy, and is very sensitive to the sun — not good for a guy who loves to go boating all summer long.
My dad manages his breakouts with medications. But if you prefer home remedies for shingles, we’ve learned that coconut oil is one of the best options for a shingles treatment. (More about that in a minute.)
In this article, you will find:
Herpes zoster is the condition more commonly known as shingles.
Don’t confuse it with genital herpes. The 2 conditions are caused by viruses that are quite different from one another.
The virus that causes shingles is the same one responsible for Chicken Pox. In fact, shingles is actually a reactivated form of Chicken Pox.
The herpes zoster virus can lie dormant in your body for years — by hiding out in brain and spinal cord tissue. Then, one day, a very bothersome rash appears. You have shingles!
Shingles tends to present itself in a typical pattern each time.
A case of shingles can be far more serious than the annoyance of the rash and persistent itch.
The condition isn’t life threatening, but it can be (and usually is) excruciatingly painful.
In addition to the month or so of pain, rash, and blisters which tend to occur when you get the shingles virus, a few other conditions can also occur:
If the blisters from shingles appear close to the eye or occur on the tip or side of the nose, see a doctor immediately. Shingles can end up causing vision problems if it involves nerves around the eye. Source
There is no cure for shingles.
The shingles treatments that are available will help to relieve the symptoms and keep the condition under control — but they won’t cure it.
Here’s a list of the types of doctors that specialize in shingles treatment.
As a bonus, when you use coconut oil as a treatment for shingles, you’ll be reaping the rewards of the oil’s other health-boosting properties — which may help you become an overall healthier individual.
The biggest reason that coconut oil as a shingles treatment works is because it’s a natural substance that is known to have powerful antiviral properties.
Coconut oil (virgin) is another excellent natural remedy for shingles treatment. It works as immune System Booster due to its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral abilities. The fatty acids (Caprylic and Lauric) in coconut oil reduce inflammation internally and externally. You can use virgin coconut oil internally, as well as a skin ointment to treat shingles fast. Source
Here’s a great summary of how one person survived shingles and PHN by using coconut oil as a carrier oil mixed with essential oils.
In addition to coconut oil, there are a number of other home remedies for shingles including:
Just remember to talk to your doctor first before trying any home remedy as a shingles treatment.
TIP: Afraid you might get the shingles virus later? Get vaccinated now!
Approved in 2006, the shingles vaccine cuts the risk of developing shingles by about half. But even more important, it reduces the odds of lingering nerve pain (“postherpetic neuralgia,” or PHN) by 59%. PHN can be a painful nuisance well after the rash from shingles is gone. The vaccine’s effectiveness begins to wane after 5 years, but it still lowers the risk of shingles by 21% and PHN risk by 35% after 7 to 10 years. The vaccine is approved for people older than age 50, but the risk for PHN rises with age, so the CDC advises waiting until after age 60 to be vaccinated.
If you’re a friend or family member of someone with the shingles virus, you’re probably wondering about the exact shingles contagious period. (I know I was.)
Good news: Shingles is less contagious than having full-blown Chicken Pox. However, yes, it is still contagious!
To be clear, the shingles virus is spread through direct contact with the fluid from the shingles blisters. Therefore:
With regard to shingles contagious factors, consider this:
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