Do You Suffer From Shingles?
Do you suffer from shingles?
It seems that more and more of my customers are contacting me asking if there is anything that can help with shingles. And it made me wonder why the incidence of this disease is increasing.
The following information by Dr Mercola might help explain this.
Chickenpox and shingles are caused by similar viruses, both belonging to the herpesvirus family. The former is caused by the Varicella zoster virus, which is associated with Herpes zoster, the virus responsible for shingles.
When you get chickenpox and recover from it, the virus can remain dormant in your nerve roots for years. The virus may reawaken through physical or emotional stress and resurface as shingles. Certain medications such as steroids (like prednisone), chemotherapy, and radiation may also set off shingles – whether you are over 50 years old or not.
Chickenpox is a contagious mild disease where small round lesions appear on your skin. These cause intense itching. On the other hand, shingles is characterized inflammation of the nerves and a painful blistering rash. Shingles is not contagious, but it can still infect a person who hasn’t had chickenpox. When this happens, the virus manifests as chickenpox instead of shingles.
The first sign of shingles is unilateral tingling, itching, or stabbing pain on your skin, on one side of your face or body. This is followed by a painful red, blistering skin rash on your skin. The infection runs its course within three to five weeks. Once shingles clears up, patients may experience numbness, skin discoloration, and permanent scars.
However, in people with weakened immune systems, shingles may progress into severe and life-threatening problems. About 20 percent of shingles cases may result to a condition called post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), where pain may last from 30 days to even years after the rash has healed.
After reviewing the information above, it will likely be concluded that contracting and recovering from chickenpox makes you more predisposed to shingles. Surprisingly, it works the other way around.
Yet, not many know that recovery leaves you with long-lasting immunity. After getting chickenpox, as you age, contact with those who carry the virus asymptomatically fortifies your natural immunity against the infection and, consequently, shingles.
In other words, exposure to the chickenpox virus is like getting a shingles vaccine shot.
Unfortunately, the advent of the varicella vaccine has disrupted this natural process. Although cases of chickenpox have declined, shingles rates have actually increased.
Can BE RELIEVED help my shingles?
BE RELIEVED helps with the itching, pain and inflammation of shingles as it is analgesic and anti-inflammatory. It can also help reduce the redness and lessen the chance of a bacterial infection due to constant scratching. It also contains anti-viral properties and the essential oils help boost your immune system.
Apply as often as needed and you can also add some to a bath to help sooth your body and mind. Adding some bicarbonate of soda to the bath will also help to soften your skin.
“Please read this for anyone else who is out there suffering from the dreaded “SHINGLES”. Four weeks ago now, I was diagnosed with Shingles, which is a very painful, itchy, blistering uncomfortable skin disorder. I went to the Dr who very quickly diagnosed this condition and took a swab just to be sure. Then he prescribed me with a cream which would help deaden my pain and discomfort, which I collected at the price of $38.00 even though I presented a Health Care Card, and it was only a small tube of cream. I used the cream to no affect. Went back and was recommended a different cream by the name of Resolve Plus 1.0 (which was a foot cream for tinea) cost of which $11.00 again still no affect. Mind you all this time I had my favourite and fabulous “BE Relieved” is my medical Cabinet but was a bit scared to use because of the essential oils on broken skin, even though there are three excellent carrier oils in this product. ANYWAY AFTER THREE WEEKS OF NO SLEEP AND STILL VERY BLISTERY AND SKIN RED RAW AND VERY ITCHY WITH THE SHINGLES I RANG CHERYL, whom I might add has been my saviour in the past. Told her of my problem who quickly suggested “BE Relieved”.
Hence I rushed to my cabinet got out my BE Relieved and applied the oil to my Shingles. The Shingles are under my bust, (which I am very well blessed, I think I was first in the queue when God gave these things to us ladies). Anyway I waited for the sting of the oils, but there was none, the relief I received within 5 minutes was heaven, I continued through the day to put the BE Relieved on my Shingles and for the first time in three weeks I had a nights sleep. I still have the remains on these dreaded Shingles but only to look at, the suffering has gone. The red raw skin is no longer there, my Dr has told me they take between 2/3 months to clear. I showed my Dr what I was using because he wanted to know what would give such an effect – He is an English Dr. and very broad minded with regard to Aromatherapy. He said this is an excellent product and to keep using it.
Cheryl and I have chatted on the phone about the outcome and I told her about my Dr’s approval, and upon hearing this she was delighted. It’s a shame more doctors are not listening to what is out there that will heal without all the nasty ingredients that cause side effects. With Cheryl’s products there are no side effects and I can prove that BE Relieved can be used on broken skin without the sting or discomfort, so please, please read this out because this would definitely help any Shingle sufferers out there. This is my second time of having this complaint, the first was on my face, and I nearly lost an eye due to the Shingles, I only wish the BE Relieved had been around 15 years ago. Thank you Cheryl for your wonderful ideas that really work with these essential oils, which are the best on the market and thank you to your staff who help you prepare the solutions. I and my husband use all your essential oil products. And now I have found I can use the BE Relieved on open skin, any falls my grandchildren receive in the future, guess what they will be getting on their wounds. Anyway thank you once again and never ever take them from us.” Jill