Shingles, also called herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash.   Caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox.  Older adults and individuals with a weakened immune system are at greatest risk for developing shingles.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • one-sided stabbing pain,
    • tingling, itching, burning, or stinging sensation that precedes the appearance of the rash by a few days,
    • headache,
    • fever and chills,
    • nausea
    • body aches, and
    • fluid-filled blistering red rash, typically on the torso or face.
  • Shingles is most often diagnosed by your doctor solely based on the appearance of the characteristic rash.
  • Shingles can be treated with antiviral medication and pain medication.

If you find that you get recurring Shingles or that they are not clearing up with the advice from your GP, perhaps you could come and have a look at your system naturopathically.  It will be able to identify where you are able to make changes to put you back into balance and offer advice on nutrients and herbs to support a healthy nervous system and reduce the burden on your immune system.

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