The virus ‘herpes varicella-zoste’ which is also responsible for chicken pox is what causes Shingles.
There are two main ways a person can get shingles:
1) People who have had chicken pox get shingles if the virus is triggered off in the body again. When a person is cured from chicken pox the virus is not destroyed but stays dormant in the body. But when our immune system is weakened the virus can reappear again. The second time the virus attacks the body is called shingles.
2) Sometimes a person having shingles can pass it on to others who have never had or been vaccinated against chicken pox.
People over the age of 50 who've had chicken pox are at a greater risk of getting shingles since their immune system is not as active and strong because of old age. By getting the shingles vaccine when you reach 50+ you can reduce the chances of getting the disease.
Shingle symptoms include the appearance of a skin rash and blisters which can be extremely painful, itchiness, headache and flu like symptoms without fever.
If you suspect you have shingles immediately go to your doctor to get a confirmation. By doing so you can use the correct treatment to cure it.
Listed below are a few home remedies you can try to get relief from shingles.
Crisco Shortening for Shingles
To soothe the pain caused by shingles apply a layer of Crisco shortening on the area. You can also place an ice pack on the area.
Oatmeal for Shingles
Oatmeal is another remedy you can use to bring relief to pain. Cook some oatmeal with only water and place in the fridge. When fully cold apply a generous layer on the affected area and leave on for 15 minutes. Gently rinse off with cold water.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Shingles
Make a solution by mixing 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. Apply on the area using cotton whenever the pain flares up.