Home remedies for shingles
If shingles has recurred, home treatment can only help relieve pain, boost the immune system, and dry out the herpes rash caused by the disease. But with herpes zoster, there are also neuralgic symptoms that may need medical treatment. In any case, it is better to carry out home treatment after visiting an infectious disease specialist and a therapist. Below we look at the causes of herpes zoster to understand how it is related to immunity. We will also talk about home treatment methods for shingles using essential oils, tinctures for lubricating shingles and talk about recipes for decoctions that will help fight viruses and raise the body’s defenses.
Shingles is a contagious and highly contagious disease. Most often, lichen girdles people who had chicken pox (chickenpox) in childhood, but for them, with strong body immunity, there is no danger of infection. The somatic manifestation of herpes zoster may occur due to a decrease in the protective functions of the immune system. At risk in this situation are the elderly – from 60 years and older.
Shingles and chickenpox have different symptoms, but the infection is caused by the same pathogen – Varicella zoster . It has different routes of entry into the body:
The main reason for the release of the virus from the latent (sleeping) mode is a progressive decrease in immunity. Consider several reasons contributing to a decrease in the immune system:
frequent use of hormonal drugs, antibiotics;
the result of radiation therapy;
constant stress and depression.
The problem of shingles in humans is rare, but when it occurs, over the years, the disease has to be fought hard. Often, large finances are spent on drug treatment, as well as precious time and effort of the patient. To avoid the cost of medicines and maintain emotional and physical balance, there are folk remedies that can come to the rescue to get rid of the disease at an early stage.
In addition to treatment with medications, for the effectiveness of the result, experts recommend using folk remedies of alternative medicine. Treatment of shingles at home is mainly focused on pain relief and elimination of the inflammatory process.
Non-traditional methods of treatment are divided into two groups:
funds for local use;
means for internal use.
Treatment of shingles with folk remedies will help to quickly get rid of the symptoms – skin rashes, itching, pain, and increase immunity.
APPLICATION METHODS FOR TOPICAL USE
Means of own preparation
Garlic oil. To speed up the healing process and relieve itching during the treatment process of herpes zoster, garlic oil is prepared at home. It is necessary to prepare the gruel:
pass the peeled garlic through a meat grinder or squeeze out with a garlic press ;
squeeze in a gauze bag;
mix garlic juice and 5-10 drops of olive oil.
The resulting tool effectively treat lesions during the day.
Alcohol tincture. To speed up the treatment of herpes zoster and the rapid healing of the formed sores, you can use alcohol tinctures prepared at home:
dilute the tincture based on tansy or marigolds with a small amount of water or burdock, olive oil;
dilute tincture based on wormwood or yarrow with a very small amount of water or castor, olive oil.
Lubricate the affected areas with the prepared preparation to dry the blisters.
Cabbage compress. To treat shingles at home with folk remedies, as well as relieve pain or restore affected skin, you can make a compress from white cabbage:
cut a leaf of fresh kaputa;
rinse with warm water;
apply at night to the lesion;
secure with an elastic bandage;
remove the bandage in the morning;
to consolidate the effect during the day, carefully treat the affected area with freshly squeezed cabbage juice;
repeat the procedure until healing.
An effective method to relieve fever and pain, relieve symptoms and eliminate itching.
Infusion of chamomile and calendula. Another way to treat herpes zoster at home. For this, an infusion is used for lotions, we deprive the affected areas. For cooking you need:
2 coffee spoons of crushed chamomile flowers;
2 coffee spoons of crushed calendula flowers;
1 cup boiling water.
The ingredients are poured with boiling water, infused for 30-40 minutes. Lotions apply two to five times a day. A drug prepared at home is used as an anesthetization of lesions.
Tea tree oil. It has antiviral, regenerating, antiseptic, and immunostimulating effects on the body. Method of application and dosage – mix tea tree oil with any other vegetable oil in parts 1:10. Warm up in a water bath. It is applied externally, applied to the affected area two to three times a day, until the feeling of pain decreases.
Cedar oil. It is an additional source of vitamin E. It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic effects. No side effects have been identified with cedar oil. For the treatment of herpes zoster in humans, it is necessary to lubricate the lesions with oil from the fruits of the cedar tree.
Essential oils are food potent provisions. Precautions must be strictly observed. They can not be used in pure form or inside. Be sure to avoid direct contact with eyes, in case of accidental contact, immediately rinse eyes with warm water. If the burning sensation does not go away, you need to go to the clinic and consult a specialist.
PRODUCTS FOR INTERNAL USE
Treatment of herpes zoster can be carried out with infusions prepared at home. The stated goals of herbal medicine are to severely suppress the proliferation of viruses and boost the immune system.
Sagebrush. For cooking you need:
2 dessert spoons of dry, chopped herbs;
2 faceted boiling water.
The herb is brewed, infused for 30-40 minutes. Then it needs to be filtered. Drink one incomplete faceted glass in the morning and in the evening.
Burdock. To prepare the infusion, you need to take:
1 teaspoon dry burdock;
200 ml of boiling water.
Boil, wrap with a warm towel for half an hour. Strain. take 50 ml four times a day. With a particularly serious course of the disease, you can increase the frequency of admission up to 10 times per day.
Yarrow. Method of preparation and use:
2 dessert spoons of dry, chopped herbs;
one faceted glass of boiling water.
Cook over low heat for 10-13 minutes. Strain when cool, drink two to three times a day for half a cup before meals.
You can take decoctions only if the patient is not allergic to individual components of herbal preparations.
Ginger tincture. Peel fresh ginger root, scroll in a meat grinder or grate. Place 200 g of crushed root in a glass jar, pour one liter of vodka. Put the jar with the contents in a dark place for two weeks. After that – strain, properly squeezing the cake. Take 2 dessert spoons two to three times daily before meals.
Collection of mint, elm and burdock. Mix herbs in equal proportions. Two tablespoons of the mixture pour 400 ml of vodka. Infuse for two weeks in a dark place. Then strain, take one teaspoon 2 times a day.
It is necessary to know and try not to forget that it is forbidden to cauterize the manifested rash or the resulting sores with alcohol-containing agents or treat with sea salt and iodine.
So, summing up, it is worth recalling that before starting the treatment of herpes with folk remedies, it is necessary to undergo a medical examination and consult with specialists. Do not forget that with a severe form of herpes zoster, there can be serious neurological problems, so it is recommended to coordinate the entire treatment process with your doctor.