Natural Home Cures Freeze Dried Rich Pericarp Mangosteen Help For Combating Shingles Attacks
Names can be deceiving - who would have thought that "shingles" pertains to a chickenpox-like disease known as "herpes zoster"?
Shingles (herpes zoster) is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, varicella-zoster.(1) When a person contracts chickenpox, the virus does not entirely leave them.(2) Instead, it stays dormant for many years until it finds an opportunity to re-attack and reappear as shingles.(3) Not all people who have chickenpox in the past will develop shingles later in their lives, but it often happens to immunocompromised individuals.(4) Those who have never had chickenpox have no worries of developing the herpes zoster.(5)
Causes & Predisposing Factors
Fatigue, stress, and a weakened immune system are the main predisposing factors that may reactivate shingles.(6) When the body is also undergoing radiation therapy or chemotherapy, such as in the treatment of cancer, the immune system also becomes suppressed, thus paving the way for the virus to wake up from its dormant state.(7)
Shingles is a disease of the nervous system as it affects the body's nerve cells.(7) Shingles initially start with non-specific symptoms, such as fever, malaise, and headache; however, the first herpes zoster-specific symptom is a pain on just one side of the body. The sensations used to describe this one-sided pain are numbing, aching, stinging, tingling, shooting and throbbing; often punctuated by short moments of “lightning bolt” pain.(8)
After about three days, the person will already notice rashes starting to cover one side of their body. Remember that these outbreaks follow the nerve pathways, so that it only appears unilaterally. These rashes start at the torso and then spread to the other parts of the body, such as the face and the extremities.
The appearance of the rashes typically looks like hives – red raised bumps. Later on, the rashes develop into pus-filled blisters, and in about two to three weeks, they will begin to crust and form into scabs. Scarring may happen especially if the blisters are severe.
Antiviral medications that are often prescribed for patients with shingles include acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir.(9) Unfortunately, these medications do not entirely cure the disease; they only serve to shorten the duration and lessen the severity of the symptoms. These medications are no longer effective if taken during the latter part of the disease, so make sure that you consult your doctor right away when you start feeling the symptoms.
Avoid scratching the rashes. Just like chickenpox, shingles rashes can be very itchy but scratching them will only increase the risk of infection and could lead to scarring. The use oral or topical antihistamines may relieve itching and decrease inflammation.(10) Postherpetic neuralgia is the pain felt by people with shingles after the rashes have gone.
To speed up the crusting process, tap water compresses may help. These should be applied to new blisters for about 20 minutes at a time, several times a day. Aside from drying the blisters, these compresses can also soothe the itch, remove the scabs and decrease the risk of incurring secondary bacterial infections. However, watch out for excessive dryness of the skin, as continuous application of tap water compresses long after the blisters have crusted can make the skin dry and itchy.
Finally, nothing beats hygiene in trying to recover from a disease caused by microorganisms. Just washing the affected area with soap and water can help in the healing process.You can also apply petroleum jelly to the rashes. Clothes worn should be loose enough to avoid rubbing against the rashes and making them itchier and more painful. To prevent further complications, do not expose yourself too ill people since your immune system is weak and cannot vigilantly defend your body.
There have been many testimonials regarding the effectiveness of mangosteen supplements in enhancing shingles support. Since shingles can recur each time the immune system is compromised, consuming mangosteen supplements may help keep shingles in remission.
Mangosteen also has analgesic properties that can help in the management of this painful condition.
Natural Home Cures Rich Pericarp Mangosteen is processed by freeze-drying immediately after harvesting. This preserves the mangosteen's potency and their beneficial nutrients. Powdered and encapsulated, it arrives at your doorstep virtually as fresh and potent as though it were just right off the Mangosteen tree.
Mangosteen capsules are now much preferred over the juice option. Not only do they retain the fruit's 100% natural organic status but they are also easier to transport.