Shingles are also known as the chicken pox for adults. They are basically skin rashes which are caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV). Those who have been infected by chicken pox in their childhood are more likely to suffer from it. Since the virus remains hidden in the body and can get activated due to weak immune system or an emotional stress. Shingles most often may begin with a tingling or pain which is followed by a red rash and then blisters. These blisters may last from five days to four weeks. These blisters can be seen to affect only one side of the body such as face, buttocks or trunk.
One of the effective natural remedies for shingles is the use of the mint. It is very effective against shingles since it acts as a coolant. All you need to do is apply it on your affected area and leave it there for fifteen minutes. Now wash it off with water. Try this at least four times a day and make it a daily routine.
Nail polish remover is one of the most effective natural remedies for shingles. Nail polish remover removes germs, dead skin cells, oil and various other substances from the skin. All you need to do is dip a cotton ball in it and dab it on the affected area. Try this four to five times daily but keep it away from your eyes as it can cause irritation or in some cases even blindness.
Ice is also one of the efficient natural remedies for shingles. Just take an icepack and apply it on the affected area. Try this after every few hours every day. It will give you relief.
Baking soda is also one of the common natural remedies for shingles. Mixture of water and baking soda can be used as cold compress on the affected area. To sponge the blisters or rashes by peppermint tea, cool goldenseal, vitamin E oil and apple cider vinegar is also equally good remedy.
Take two aspirin tablets and make it into a powder, now take two tablespoon of alcohol or chloroform and mix this powder into it. This paste when applied to the affected area gives a good relief. In order to soothe the burning sensation caused by shingles you can apply a wet on the affected area. Stay away from humid areas and try to keep yourself cool.
In case of your blisters getting infected, dab these infected blisters with hydrogen peroxide. Never scratch your blisters as it can burst them and create further complications. Keep your blisters dry and exposed.
St. John's wort extract is known to have antiviral. All you need to do is consume 300 milligrams of it three times a day.
Stay away from food containing amino acid such as nuts, seeds, cereal grains and chocolates. It is always a good idea to eat pear, since pear is rich in antiviral caffeic acid.