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Shingles Symptoms - What to Do During Each of the Three Stages
DennisClark posted:
First timers with are often surprised with the diagnosis of shingles. They may start out feeling as though they have the flu - fever, chills, headache, and nausea. These are merely the symptoms of shingles that appear before the rash breaks out. Medical people call this pre-rash phase the prodromal stage.
Although these viruses are out of reach from your immune system when they are latent and also when they are traveling through nerve fibers, the prodromal stage is still a good time to boost your immunity in preparation for the outbreak that is coming. Herbs that have antiviral and immune-boosting activity would be most helpful at this time (e.g., creosote bush). Antiviral drugs suppress the immune system, which makes such drugs seem like a bad idea right when you want to get your body ready for the battle.
A rash may not appear for another 2 to 5 days after the prodromal stage begins. As the appearance of the rash approaches, several additional symptoms appear. These include numbness, a tingling or burning sensation, burning pain, or itching.
Anti-inflammatory creams and oils that DO NOT contain warming ingredients (such as capsaicin) will help keep down the pain-causing inflammation. General products that offer help for inflammatory skin disorders can be helpful. A short list of these would include emu oil, vitamin E oil, creosote bush lotion, and lemon balm cream.
Diet, nutrition, vitamins, amino acids, herbs, and even tai chi have effects on shingles. Sometimes the effects are positive and sometimes they are not.
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