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What is it?
The painful, blistered rash can develop only in people who have had chickenpox at sometime in their lives. The chickenpox virus lies dormant in a nerve root, only to be reactivated later in life, as shingles. The reactivation can sometimes be the result of contact with someone who has chickenpox or it can arise from stress. Shingles is known medically as herpes zoster. There is a mistaken belief that if the rash streches all the way around the body and meets in the middle, the patient will die. The first symptom of shingles is severe pain, on one side of the body usually the chest or back. This is followed by a skin eruption, or rash, in the painful area. The rash normally goes after two or three weeks. However, the pain which is known as post-herpetic neuralgia can persist for months if not years afterwards. Always see a doctor as soon as possible if you think you have shingles.
Painful blistered rash,skin eruption, severe pain on one side of the body,stress.
Conventional Practice:
If shingles is diagnosed early, antiviral drugs will shorten the course of the illness and reduce the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia. Painkillers will be prescribed although these can result in side effects including constipation. Two or three cool baths a day may help relieve the pain. If shingles affects the forehead, a doctor will examine the patient’s eyes to make sure that the cornea has not been harmed. Special eyedrops will be prescribed to protect the eyesight.
Alternative Treatments:
  Homoeopathy aims to treat the whole person. Illness is seen as a sign of disharmony or inner imbalance. More Info
  Treating illness with highly concentrated oils extracted from plants is known as aromatherapy. These highly scented extracts-called essences or essential oils-contain the substances that give plants their smell. Aromatherapists believe that many also have medicinal properties. More Info
  An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info
  Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info

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