Shingles can be a nightmare for suffers – these tips are amazing

In our lifetime, we’re likely to know someone who has shingles, know someone who has had it, or knows someone who is going to get it – and that person could even be your very self. It’s an extremely easily transmitted condition – and not a very nice one at that. But what exactly is it?

Shingles are caused by the varicella-zoster virus, and it comes with a number of unpleasant symptoms. This includes painful sores and rashes, fever, swollen lymph nodes, chills and headache – to name but a few. The virus is often contracted early in your life – if you’ve ever had chicken pox as a child then you already carry it. For most people, it stays dormant into their adult years, but as you get older – particularly with the elderly, an outbreak can be triggered by stress or a run-down immune system.

Shingles cause blisters on the skin which eventually dry up and fall off themselves, in two to three weeks, but the process isn’t exactly a pleasant one. The problem is, many people don’t actually understand what the condition is, so this short video below seeks to rectify that – and it’s a very useful watch if you know anyone suffering from this dilapidating condition. For many, shingles literally will put them on their back – and it can be difficult to function if you’ve had an outbreak.

The virus is also easily spread to other people, so you’re going to want to avoid people who have it, especially young children with chicken pox. New-borns are particularly at risk and care should be taken accordingly.

Thankfully, help is at hand and there are various lotions and potions that can help speed recovery and get you moving again. Topical creams that contain zinc can assist the healing time of the rash and blisters, and anti-inflammatory and anti-histamines will combat the condition from within. Try taking a warm bath with some Epsom salt and baking soda, and wear some loose fitting, cotton clothes that will help your skin breath and avoid aggravating the rash. Shingles will usually resolve itself after a week to 10 days – but it’s best to see a doctor if you have it on your face, if you’re over 55 or if you’re feeling particularly under the weather.

Watch the informative video below for some great tips for fighting back and keeping this nasty little condition at bay for you and your family.