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Welcome everyone Dr. Mandel here shingles or known as herpes zoster caused by the varicella zoster virus. That’s the virus that causes chickenpox. Now herpes zoster is within the herpes family. It’s not herpes simplex one or genital herpes.

This particular virus causes chickenpox so if you’ve had chickenpox and as you get older you may be a candidate that may get shingles. Herpes zoster lasts an average of about 32 days before you experience anything on the skin.  You may notice you have a headache, maybe a fever, you may feel burning, tingling, cramping aching before you even see anything .

When that virus affects that nerve that skin will start to blister. So as herpes zoster or shingles contagious to someone else. Generally you’ll first see a rash until it blisters the liquid within the blister is the only part that’s contagious. If it gets within your skin after the blister heals up and it starts to crust, you are no longer contagious. So if you happen to get the fluid from that blister under your skin you will not contract shingles. But you potentially will contract chickenpox so it is a wise idea that if you have an outbreak of this herpes zoster or shingles and it is blistered please cover it up. So you do not spread it to anyone else so once you have chickenpox you are carrying the virus.

It stays dormant within the body when your immune system becomes weakened from medication from poor nutrition or from stress. That particular virus has a potential to come out now when it comes out most commonly we’ll see it around the torso region between the ribcage. It can wrap around and it gets kind of ugly but it can happen anywhere in the body particularly the face, the eyes, the ears from the medical route the only treatment that they can do for this is give you antiviral medication or painkillers there is no cure for this condition.

So they’re trying to slow the virus down so you can heal quicker here’s the problem if you don’t catch it initially within the first 72 hours that medication is not going to be real effective. Now one of the greatest things that you can do to fight shingles is to take l-lysine. l-lysine is an amino acid this is great for all herpes outbreaks it inhibits the growth of the herpes zoster virus. The suggested dose is 1,000 milligrams three times a day take at the very first sign of symptoms for prevention taking 1,000 milligrams of lasing a day may be a wise decision up on my list is olive leaf extract this will eradicate virtually every harmful virus bacteria and protozoa known to humans this inhibits the virus to replicate make sure you’re taking your B vitamins this will help the nervous system when it’s under attack by the shingles virus garlic and onions both of these contain Allison which can boost your immune system make sure you’re taking additional vitamin C this will boost your immune system and speed up the healing process eat lots of green leafy vegetables they’re high in beta-carotene and calcium and it will also boost your immune function applying honey over the rash will do miracles for you particularly manuka honey this has significant antiviral activity against the varicella zoster virus a cool wet press on the shingles blisters will help reduce their heat and therefore help the pain stay away from the sugars the trans fatty acids the fried foods drink lots of fluid make sure you’re getting enough rest to build that immune system I hope this video will turn the light on just making the smallest changes can give you big results I ask you to share this video with your friends and family leave your comments below and most important make it a great day I’m dr.

Alan Mandel .

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