Shingles Treatments - Different Options

Many of the standard shingles treatments are, in effect, ineffective. This is not to say they are useless, but merely that most of the treatments available do not serve as actual cures.

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Shingles, itself, cannot be prevented. The virus varicella zoster, which becomes herpes zoster, shingles, can be prevented through a vaccine. This is addressed elsewhere.

The treatments for shingles are, in fact, purely symptomatic. First and foremost is the application of analgesics. This is actually quite a vague prescription direction, as an 'analgesic' consists purely of any drug designed to relieve pain. Everything between children's Tylenol and morphine qualifies as an analgesic, although obviously neither are appropriate for the viral powerhouse that is shingles. The pain varies, and with it varies the actually drug applied, but in any case no 'cure' is actually levied.

One of shingles' many symptoms is simply masked, and not always completely. The pain that shingles can cause runs deep, and if it successfully penetrates the nervous system, it is entirely possible that the analgesics will have no effect, or at least be significantly reduced in their effectiveness. Usually, there is no recourse for this but to bring in stronger drugs, and the host of issues that can come from taking strong painkillers then comes to call. This results in analgesic prescriptions being quite light, even involving the usual over-the-counter drugs available without the consent of a practicing medical doctor.

The standard retinue of symptomatic cold and flu treatments have their usual effects. Daytime or nighttime cough and cold syrups may reduce the flu-like symptoms that stealthily signify the rise and resurrection of herpes varicella as shingles. However, this does not make for an effective shingles treatment at any stretch, and will do little to nothing for the resulting fever and joint pain.

This is, however, only the first symptom of shingles, and really on a precursor to the true disease. These symptoms may or may not persist as the disease advances, but in any case, as with the painkillers, this will only serve to mask the symptoms, which primarily arise from inflammation. They are not a cure, simply a mask for the ephemeral precursor symptoms which will play themselves out before very long.

Anti-viral treatments are available to respond to shingles. However, these anti-virals do not actually kill the disease faster, or assault it on their own. In this way, it may seem that "anti-viral" is a misnomer. In fact, they do have a distinct and helpful use: they inhibit the spread of the herpes zoster virus.

A regimen of anti-virals will protect the body from the risk of the disease spreading into the eyes or nervous system, but only if they are applied quickly and aggressively enough. The immune system must kick the virus to the curb under its own power. The anti-viral treatments can only make this a more manageable task. They cannot substitute for an immune system that is not strong of its own accord.

Shingles is quite resilient. It can be dealt with, but it requires more precise stuff than the standard battery of shingles reducers that are usually prescribed. Our preferred, recommended method of shingles treatment is detailed Here.

If you would like to contact a dermatologist on this topic, you can find one near you with the help of the American Academy of Dermatology website.