Shingles – What You Need to Know:
The pain and discomfort of shingles (Herpes Zoster) is something that no one should have to experience. Blistery rashes, redness, and searing pain can typically plague the affected area. Sometimes a rash can develop on the torso, neck, or arms. Shingles can also affect the face, causing eye problems in some cases. After the skin eruption clears up, the pain can still linger. This is called post-herpetic neuralgia—a very uncomfortable and exhausting condition.
I have a solution for shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia—a treatment plan that works. To help you heal, I offer a three-part program that includes Homeopathy, Neural Prolotherapy, and Intravenous Vitamin Infusions. Interested to know more? Here we go.
What Causes Shingles?
Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV). This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles later in life. This is because the varicella zoster virus never really leaves the body—though it can remain dormant (inactive) for years. When the virus reactivates, shingles develops.
No one knows exactly why the virus reactivates, though certain triggers can bring on shingles. These include stress, a weakened immune system, and certain drugs (such as steroids). Age, too, is a factor: More than half of shingles cases occur in people aged 60 or over. However, shingles can occur at any stage of life.
The virus that causes shingles is different from the virus that causes genital herpes. Genital herpes (Herpex Simplex) is a sexually transmitted disease, while shingles (Herpes Zoster) is not.
According to the CDC, nearly 1 out of every 3 people will develop shingles in his or her lifetime. In the United States, we have an estimated 1 million cases of shingles each year.
Shingles Signs & Symptoms
Before the telltale rash appears, certain symptoms can signal the onset of shingles. You may have pain, itching, or a tingling sensation in the affected area before the rash develops. This can occur 1 to 5 days prior to the rash.
The rash typically begins with redness, and then forms blisters that scab over in 7 to 10 days. The shingles rash, accompanied by searing pain, usually lasts about a month.
In most cases, the rash appears in the form of a single stripe on one side of the body or face. In people with a weakened immune system, the rash might be more widespread. Besides the rash and pain, other symptoms may include fever, headache, chills, and an upset stomach.
My Shingles Treatment Plan
Typically, shingles is treated with pain medication and anti-viral medication. These treatments leave a lot to be desired, however. In the end, they might not be effective enough to offer lasting relief.
My treatment protocol, on the other hand, is all-natural and very effective. It begins with Homeopathy. Homeopathy works with the principal “like cures like.” In other words, the same substance that can cause symptoms in a healthy individual can be used, in very diluted form, to treat symptoms in an affected individual. I am very experienced in choosing homeopathic remedies that can offer relief during all stages of shingles. These remedies are also effective with post-herpetic neuralgia (when the pain lingers after the rash has cleared).
The second pillar of my treatment plan is Neural Prolotherapy—a restorative injection that targets nerve pain. This is a very effective way to treat the lingering pain of post-herpetic neuralgia. Neural Prolotherapy involves the injection of a dextrose solution under the skin, where it can reach the subcutaneous nerves. Not only does it relieve pain, but it can also bring on healing.
Last but not least, I will use Intravenous Vitamin Infusions as part of a customized nutrition plan. I recommend a combination of vitamins B1, B6, and B12, as well as magnesium and glutathione. These vitamins and minerals have the beneficial effect of boosting your immune system function. When we combine your infusions with a customized nutrition plan, your body will be nourished and fortified. With a newly strengthened immune system, you will be better equipped to recover from shingles.
Stay Healthy & Live with Passion!
Dr. Igor Ostrovsky, MD, PhD