What are Shingles (Herpes Zoster)?
Shingles is a common viral infection of the nerve roots caused by human herpes virus 3 (HHV3) also known as varicella-zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox (varicella).
It is characterized by an outbreak of fluid-filled skin blisters along with mild-to-severe nerve pain (neuralgia), generally affecting one side of the body.
- Primary infection with VZV causes chickenpox.
- Even after the chickenpox resolves completely, the virus remains hidden and inactive in the roots of the spinal nerves.
- It can reactivate anytime later in the person's life to cause "herpes zoster". Click to read on Causes of Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
- In Greek language, the word "herpes" means "to creep" and "zoster" means "a belt or girdle"
- Shingles is derived from the Latin word "cingulum" which means "a belt".
- Anyone who has had chickenpox or has taken the chickenpox vaccine can develop herpes zoster.
What Happens In Shingles?
- Flu-like symptoms such as headache, fatigue, low-grade fever along with itching and pain.
- Red raised rashes on one side of the body in the form of a band.
- Acute pain that may range from mild to severe, along the band of eruptions.
- Rash turns into fluid-filled blisters which later start oozing and ultimately result in ulcer or scar formation at the affected region.
- Severe fatigue and malaise.
What Can Shingles Lead To?
- Complications of the eyes such as eye ulcers, lazy eye due to weakening of eye muscles and rarely even damage to the retina.
- Post herpetic nerve pain or severe, recurrent pain along the affected nerves following a shingles attack that may last for a few months or even years after resolution of the shingles.
- Palsy or weakness of the facial muscles on one side due to affection of the nerves of the face.
- Rarely, widespread herpes infection can affect multiple vital organs such as liver, lungs, brain, etc. causing critical illnesses and even death.
How Well Homeopathy Works In Treatment of Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
- Homeopathy offers the most definitive treatment for this stubborn disease condition.
- Homeopathy significantly reduces the intensity and duration of symptoms
- Homeopathy (given early) helps prevent the dreaded complications in most cases
- Post herpetic nerve pain that can cripple patients for years, is completely relieved within weeks with homeopathic treatment for shingles (herpes zoster)
Few of our amazing remedies for Shingles include:
- Natrum Muriaticum for Shingles with marked periodicity of attacks, pain is worse from sunrise to sunset.
- Lachesis for left-sided shingles with inability to bear slightest touch, worse during and after sleep.
- Dulcamara for shingles with sensitive bleeding ulcers & itching that are worse in cold, wet weather.
- Lycopodium for post herpetic nerve pain that is worse from 4 to 8 p.m.
Just look at the uniqueness of every symptom where even the minutest point is given importance and the medicines are differentiated based on their uniqueness.