Research shows that, out of every 3 people in the United States, 1 person develops shingles. Shingles is a medical condition that affects one side of the body, in most cases, the torso or face. It consists of painful blisters and skin rashes.
As you get older, the risk of getting shingles increases. Shingles are also called zoster herpes or just zoster. This name comes from the virus that causes it referred to as varicella-zoster.
Shingles mainly attack adults and people with a weak immune system. It resembles chicken pox. Consequently, if you experienced chicken pox when young, you will likely get shingles when you grow older.
If you are suffering from shingles, you must be curious to know how to quickly get rid of them. Good news is, experts have discovered quick methods of curing shingles.
You can either decide to use home or natural remedies, supplements or over the counter prescriptions as well as creams. Below is a detailed guide on how to quickly treat shingles;
Home and natural remedies to get rid of shingles fast
You can cure shingles while at home. There are a few steps you will need to follow to get well in 3 days or less. A combination of all the requirements in the following steps will work miracles for you;
The first and most important thing is for you to take care of your diet. Good diet is number one hint to fast healing of your shingles. You must remember that shingles is caused by a virus and therefore, there are certain types of foods you need to eat to fight off the virus.
You are advised to mainly consume organic, raw vegetables and fruits in plenty. Foods, when consumed raw, are full of water and nutrients which are directly and easily absorbed into your system. Remember, the virus weakens your immune system and what you are trying is to boost it as soon as possible. This revival is possible if you take foods loaded with nutrients.
The list of most advisable foods for quick healing from shingles include the following;
Remember to keep your body hydrated. Take plenty of water as this will help normalize your body functioning. Remember, your immune system is weak and any further loopholes such as dehydration only worsen your condition. Drink at least 8 ounces of water after every 2 hours.
Green leafy vegetables
As already mentioned, when you have shingles, your diet must be rich in vegetables. Calcium and beta-carotene in vegetables boost your immune system.
Garlic and onions
Raw garlic and onions contain allicin which boosts the immune system.
Foods rich in vitamin C
Eat foods that are rich in vitamin C such as yellow fruits and oranges all which boost your immunity and hence speed the healing process.
There are foods you need to avoid as they can only make your condition worse. Such foods include; all types of breads, dairy products, meat, or any type of foods that are hard to digest. If you avoid these foods for at least three days, while enriching your system with fruits and vegetables, you will realize a drastic healing from shingles by the third day.
Additionally, you are advised to avoid caffeine for the period that you suffer from shingles. This is because, caffeine dehydrates your body. You need to also avoid carbonated beverages since they lead to increased acidity which may make the illness more acute. Fried foods also increase acidity and you will be safe if you avoid them. 
After ensuring that your diet is taken care of, you will need to deal with the shingles directly. Here, you want to directly get rid of rashes and blisters. In this a step, you aim at first relieving the itchiness and this can be done by sticking to a bathing procedure.
Clean the blisters every day to prevent any possibility of spread. A cool bath will work for you. Coolness is key in relieving you of the blister pains as well as calming any itchiness. The following procedure is important when taking your bath;
- Add 2 cups of colloidal oatmeal or preferably cornstarch into lukewarm water
- Let it soak for twenty minutes then take your bath. Do not use hot water at all since it is likely to worsen the shingles. This is because, too much heat on the skin increases blood flow.
- Dry your body very well using a soft towel. Remember to wash your towel to avoid any possible spread. You can then apply essential oils or honey to hydrate your skin. 
According to Phyllis and her husband Dr. James, in their book; Prescriptions for Natural Healing, colloidal silver is very effective in treating shingles. Some testimonials confirm that colloidal silver will heal your shingles in a day or two.
Remember, you want to heal from shingles in the shortest time possible so you need to follow the instructions very carefully. Adding a cornstarch-baking soda mixture to your water is something you must remember to do.
Still under this step, you will need to use a wet cool compress after taking your bath. Applying a cool moist compress relieves you of the pain that comes with the shingles. Do this several times in a day in order to relieve the symptoms soonest possible. Soak the cloth in cool water then after wringing the water, apply the cloth to the blisters.
Just like a bath, the compress reduces the pain and so you will need to repeat the procedure as many times as you can. You are advised against applying an ice pack on the affected area. This is because, the coldness increases skin sensitivity and eventually increasing the pain.
By the third day of following the two steps above, you will notice that your shingles are healed. In case they do not completely heal, try the creams or supplements.
Products such as creams
Any time you scratch the blisters, it worsens. If bathing and cool compress do not work, you can try creams and lotions. You need to be careful on which of these products you use. Perfumed or scented lotions cause further irritation and you should not use them at all.
The suggested ointment for you is any that is topical and contains capsaicin which is a natural ingredient. It is the active ingredient in chili peppers. This should be done at least three times in a day. It has an anti-inflammatory effect which is a property known to ease pains.
The cream reduces pain signals sent to the brain. When you first apply the cream, pain increases. After a short period of time, the pain goes away completely. By the third day, the pain will be totally gone. Calamine lotion can be applied after showers and baths to dry out your blisters and soothe your irritated skin.
Over the counter or prescribed medication or supplements
Medicines bought over the counter or even supplements may not work as fast as the above remedies. However, they will speed your healing process and in about three days, the symptoms disappear. The following is a guide on supplements and medication that you need to equip yourself with;
- Echinacea -This is an herb that helps fight viruses and infections. You are advised to take 500mg three times in a day.
- Vitamin B12 – You will need to take vitamin B12 in order to speed your recovery and reduce pain. Take at least 1000mcg every day until recovery.
- Zinc– To support your immune system, you are advised to take 50mg daily. Zinc has also antiviral effects that help fight the illness. It works faster when used as soon as you notice signs of the illness.
- Oregano oil -This oil like zinc has antiviral effect and it works against the virus that causes shingles.
You may have heard that shingles disappear on their own. Even that, this takes about 2 to 6 weeks. You may not be able to bear this pain for such long periods. Good news is, there are drugs that will make your healing process fast enough.
To accelerate the healing process, you could try the following;
- Antiviral medications
For maximum effect, Dr. Van Groningen advises that as soon as you notice symptoms of shingles, see your doctor for drug prescription. The commonly used antiviral drugs include Valtrex (valacyclovir), famvir (famciclovir) or zovirax (Acyclovir). 
- Anticonvulsant drugs, for example, gabapentin
- For long term pain, anti-inflammatory medication may be prescribed
- Analgesics, for example, lidocaine available as gel, spray or cream
- To suppress the pain, nerve block injections are used
- Tricyclic antidepressants which include; nortriptyline, imipramine, and amitriptyline; all of which work together to reduce pains.
- Antihistamine medications help get rid of the itchiness caused by the rashes.
Above all, seeking your doctor’s advice is very important. The physician is able to assess your condition and prescribe the drugs that are likely to work very fast for you.
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