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Shingles, Cold Sores, and the Herpes Virus

July 29, 2012

Shingles, Cold Sores, and the Herpes Virus

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is an infectious viral disease caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus. Shingles are a painful skin rash with fluid-filled blisters that live along a nerve. They are accompanied with redness, swelling and a burning sensation.

Shingles typically affect the chest but can also appear on the back, buttocks, arms, legs, forehead, cheeks, the ear, the eyes, or on the scalp. Shingles can appear during childhood or it can be reactivated from chickenpox many years or decades later as it lies dormant in our nervous system. Its reactivation depends on many factors – age, stress, serious health issues, and weakness of the immune system. It can also appear after chemotherapy or radiation.

Shingles are contagious and can be spread from person to person, to babies, to children. But instead of developing shingles you would develop chickenpox. Once you have had chickenpox you cannot catch shingles from another but once infected, it lays dormant in your system and you will have the potential to develop it later in life. Shingles are contagious to people who have not had chickenpox when they infected person has blisters forming. When the blisters are crusted over they are no longer contagious.

The best way to prevent shingles would be not to get the chickenpox, this is almost impossible as this virus is widespread. It is important to strengthen the immune system to prevent the virus becoming active again. Support a healthy immune system with:
•Healthy diet
•Sufficient amounts of sleep
•Regular exercise

Supplementation with immune system builders such as Astragalus, Olive Leaf, a good multi vitamin and an excellent amino acid called L-Lysine. L-Lysine helps prevent and shorten the duration of the herpes zoster outbreaks. Topically Universal Ointment and St. John”s Wort Oil have properties to help heal nerve pain.

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