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Complications from the shingles can take the form of post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). This pain can occur months to years after contracting the shingles virus. In the U.S., approximately 1 million cases of herpes zoster virus occur annually.

Shingles is a viral infection that typically causes a painful rash with blisters that can break open, after which a scab grows over; typically in 7-10 days. The same virus can spread to those who haven’t had the chickenpox (varicella-zoster virus), or those in who the virus is latent or dormant.

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For a majority, pain from shingles fades within weeks to a month after the infection. PHN is a secondary condition resulting from the shingles virus (herpes zoster virus). Not everyone who contracts shingles will experience PHN, a painful condition affecting the nerve fibers and skin that remains after the disease has subsided.

PHN pain typically occurs several weeks to a month post-shingles contraction, and the severity can worsen depending on the age of the individual.

Who is at risk for post herpetic neuralgia?

Those with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to infections like shingles and its secondary condition post-herpetic neuralgia.

Symptoms of shingles

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Symptoms of post herpetic neuralgia

Treatment / prevention for post herpetic neuralgia

The following are some conventional treatments for post-herpetic neuralgia, including side effects for each treatment:

Health conditions all have a root cause. Unfortunately, conventional medicine typically isolates conditions in the body and treat symptoms without considering underlying reasons for disease. Conditions such as shingles and PHN, a condition that is a secondary to shingles, are indicative of a mal-nourished state and weakened immune system. When we support the immune system to enable healing, results can be more effective in supporting the body’s ability to recover and remain well over longer periods of time, lessening incidence and recurrence of chronic disease.

Natural remedies for pain and other symptoms such as numbness and weakness experienced from post-herpetic neurlogia:

Hot bath with epsom salt and baking soda  (with some of the essential oil combinations listed below) OR oat bath in warm (not too hot) or cool water, to avoid further skin irritation / inflammation.

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Essential oils – bergamot with tea tree oil, lemon balm, marjoram, geranium, lavender and German chamomile in a base of St. John’s Wort, Frankincense essential oils topically (with a carrier oil such as olive, coconut, almond, or palm oil).

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Aloe vera – applied topically, several times daily.

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Cold compresses – ice in a towel or gel-filled frozen packs applied periodically can provide relief.

Olive leaf – supportive of immune boosting and function.

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Witch hazel – applied topically. Witch hazel is safe for topical application, soothing and can be applied several times daily.

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Dietary and supplement support to assist the body in healing organ systems and recovery for long-term wellness:

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Good sources include foods listed above (grassfed meats, pasture-raised poultry and eggs, raw dairy foods from animals on pasture, fermented foods and beverages, and also obtaining regular, safe sun exposure (avoid burning) to provide the body with an adequate store of natural Vitamin D stores for immunity as well as other aspects of health. Recommended: Dr. Ron’s Natural Vitamin D3, Green Pasture Products Fermented Cod Liver Oil.

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