Varicella-zoster is part of a group of viruses called herpes viruses, which includes the viruses that cause cold sores and genital herpes. Because of this, shingles is also known as herpes zoster. Although the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles is not the same virus responsible for cold sores or genital herpes, our immune support (supplements and herbs) is the best course of action for all of the above, because it works to boost your immune system to fight this group of viruses.
The Shingles / Chicken Pox Connection
Shingles is an extremely painful viral infection, that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you’ve had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. After you recover from chickenpox, the virus can enter your nervous system and lie dormant for years.
Eventually, it may reactivate (due to low immune function) and travel along nerve pathways to your skin — producing shingles. Note that not everyone who’s had chickenpox will develop shingles.
Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso. Sometimes the shingles rash occurs around one eye or on one side of the neck or face. Some people experience shingles pain without ever developing the rash.
Pain is usually the first symptom of shingles. For some, it can be intense.
- Pain, burning, numbness or tingling
- Sensitivity to touch
- A red rash that begins a few days after the pain
- Fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over
Some people also experience:
- Sensitivity to light
Are you contagious?
A person with shingles can pass the varicella-zoster virus to anyone who isn’t immune to chickenpox. This usually occurs through direct contact with the open sores of the shingles rash. Once infected, that person will develop chickenpox, however, not shingles.
Effective Herpes Virus Immune Support
It is extremely important that you start immune support as soon as possible. No need for extra suffering, right?
Here are some pictures to show you the effectiveness of this shingles care plan with one client (pictures used with permission).
On Day 1 supplements were started at 2 pm and by 8 pm substantial pain relief was reported.
You can see that by Day 3 (3rd image) that the inflammation was greatly reduced.
You can see that by Day 6 (4th image) that the blisters are almost gone.
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