B vitamins in general plus vitamin B12 combine for nerve health and to counteract deficiencies. B12 is useful for pain relief and may even shorten the length of the illness.
Aids in fighting the virus and boosting the immune system. Also helps the body recover from shingles. Vitamin C contains bioflavanoids which are potential immunity boosters and inflammation fighters.
Boosts the immune system and protects against infection.
Aids in tissue healing and is needed for calcium absorption.
Helps prevent formation of scar tissue and helps the body recover from the disease. Note: Do not take vitamin E supplements if you are taking anticoagulant drugs.
(complete nutritional coverage of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and nutrient cofactors, etc.)
Enhances immunity and protects against infection.
For nerve function and healing, and to combat stress.
Needed to balance with calcium.
Important for healing and for fighting the virus that causes shingles. Lysine may inhibit the replication of the shingles virus.
Essential Fatty Acids
Promotes healing of skin and nerve tissue.
Excellent for building the immune system. Also beneficial for its virus killing abilities.
A free radical scavenger that boosts immune function.
- GET PLENTY OF LYSINE: High amounts of lysine taken over the course of the shingles infection may inhibit the replication of the virus that causes shingles without any of the side effects of other treatments. Lysine can be found in beef, pork, eggs and tofu but it may be necessary to supplement in order to get the large amounts of lysine necessary to obtain these beneficial effects.
- WATCH YOUR DIET: Include foods like brewer's yeast, brown rice, garlic, raw fruits and vegetables, and whole grains in the diet. Avoid such foods as chocolate, nuts, and seeds since they contain arginine which counteracts the beneficial effects of lysine on shingles.
- RELAX: Stress reduces the immune system's ability to fight off infections such as shingles, so it is important learn to relax and avoid (as much as possible) stressful situations.
- DON'T SCRATCH: Gently clean the blisters while bathing, but otherwise avoid touching or scratching them.
- IF NECESSARY, SEE AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST: If shingles are present on the face or near the eyes see an ophthalmologist immediately since these ophthalmic herpes zoster can cause blindness.
- TRY TOPICAL OINTMENTS: Ointments such as silvadene, Aspercreme, and capsaicin can help to reduce the pain of shingles. Cold packs applied over cotton may also be useful.
- WEAR LIGHT CLOTHING: Wear clothing that won't rub against the infected skin or use an "artificial skin" spray to minimize pain caused by friction.
Medical Options and Precautions
- MEDICATIONS: Antiviral medications, mainly Zovirax (acyclovir), Famvir (famciclovir), and Valtrex (valacyclovir) are used to treat shingles. These medications are most effective if used within 72 hours of the onset of the rash. If first used after this time period, their effectiveness declines sharply. Early treatment of shingles is critical since it can reduce the severity of the disease as well as reduce the risk of developing post-herpetic neuralgia. Other medications that are used to treat shingles include Prednisone to relieve inflammation, other prescription pain relievers, low doses of antidepressants, and sometimes a nerve block. As with most prescription medications these drugs have numerous unpleasant side effects. For more information on these side effects Click Here.