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13 Relieving Home Remedies For Shingles And How To Prevent It In Long Term

13 Relieving Home Remedies For Shingles And How To Prevent It In Long Term

In the road of life, we sometimes encounter sudden bouts of bumps that we have to overcome and get over. One such time is a sudden occurrence of shingles. You try to ask yourself, why me, why now?

Why it happens?

Shingles is a hidden virus lurking onto the body nerve cells from Chicken Pox. This Herpes Zoster virus reappears at some stage in adulthood should you have encountered Chicken Pox in childhood phases. Even just a mild unnoticed case of chicken pox. Herpes Zoster is a French, and Latin originated, term referring to girdle or belt. The blisters on shingles wrap around the trunk of the body.

How and why the virus suddenly spurts out again after years in hiding, no one really knows. Some medical opinion is that it takes course once the immune system is weakened. Shingles are common for those over 50 years old. Anyone with a weakened immune system is prone to develop shingles. Another well-known and likely trigger is injury or stress.

Once the blisters heal, the agony is not over. There is shooting pain in the area of the outbreak and can continue to persist for years thereafter for some. Fortunately, only a small percentage of people experience the after effect. Prompt treatment is key for this bout of shingles. Some experts may emphasize medical treatment but there are home remedies to relieve that itching and pain in early phases of Shingles when blisters are present.

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Home Remedies for Shingles

1. Cool Down!

Cold packs are useful, they relieve blistered skin. Place a cold cloth gently and wrap over the affected area, dabbed in ice water. Repeat for about twenty minutes at a time until the pain eases.

2. Honey Heal Me!

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    Healing with honey. Honey heals blisters and fades away the pain. Place honey on a bandage and apply on the area. Use fresh honey every few hours until there is an improvement. Eating honey daily boosts the immune system as well.

    3. Lay Back and Relax!

    Getting bed rest will assist the body in a head start of defenses. Anti-inflammatory treatment is recommended.

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    4. Do not Burst the Bubble!

    Refrain from self-popping the blisters. The healing time will prolong and further infections and scarring may occur.

    5. Smoothing Out with Oatmeal!

    Oatmeal has soothing and anti-irritant properties that can offer relief from itchiness and pain, that accompanies the bout of shingles. Fill a bathtub and add oatmeal that is finely powdered. Lie in the oatmeal induced bath for about ten to fifteen minutes. Take an oatmeal soak two or three times daily to soothe the symptoms. Otherwise, make an oatmeal paste with powdered oatmeal and spread it over the affected area allowing it to self-dry and then wash off with warm water.

    6. The Apple Cider Vinegar Savior!

    Another effective remedy is apple cider vinegar. It dries out sores and stops the itchiness. It is a neural antiviral disinfectant and will speed up the process of recovery. Make a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar in equal amounts. Apply on the affected area leaving it to self-dry. Repeat until the shingles heal. Drinking apple cider vinegar in warm water will also be effective in the healing process.

     7. Gel away the Aloe Vera route!

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      Aloe viral is an effective home remedy to soothe the skin, reduce itching, and pain. Apply aloe vera gel gently on the affected area two or three times daily. Leave it for at least thirty minutes and then wash it off

      8. Licorice Root to Health!

      Licorice has immune boosting properties that improve the healing process. Powdered licorice made into a paste must be applied onto the affected area. It is also possible to make licorice tea and then dab it on the blisters.

      9. Cloves of Garlic Emancipation!

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        Putting garlic paste on the affected area a few times on a daily basis helps. Or even eat a few cloves.

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        10. Trust in Coconut Oil

        Virgin coconut oil with its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties will definitely be a pathway to heal shingles. Warm some of the coconut oil and spread over the affected skin covering with gauze. Continue with the treatment after a few hours until there is noticed improvement. Including coconut oil in your daily diet is another way to heal.

        11. Global Healing Lemon Balm!

        Lemon Balm helps with the discomfort and pain of blisters. Make a lemon balm tea. After it has cooled, apply the solution, repeating this about four times a day.

        12. Salt of the Sea!

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          Sea Salt is a natural antiseptic. It can dry up blisters. Apply sea salt diluted in water over the area affected at four-hour intervals.

          13. Alleviate Stress

          Stress does not cause singles but it can exacerbate the problem and put you in the  front of the risk queue for shingles to capture as your immune system weakens, bringing your body defenses down. Stress alters the inner perception of pain and symptoms are more acute and intolerable. Here’s how to avoid stress:

          • Express yourself – talking about how you feel is beneficial.
          • Avoid stressful encounters.
          • Follow a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise.
          • Explore stress management, self-healing methods like meditation and other relaxation activities. This will ease stress during the time that you have to deal with the pain of Shingles.

          Featured photo credit: Getty Images via prevention.com

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          Last Updated on March 13, 2019

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

          1. Work on the small tasks.

          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

          2. Take a break from your work desk.

          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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          3. Upgrade yourself

          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

          4. Talk to a friend.

          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

          7. Read a book (or blog).

          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

          8. Have a quick nap.

          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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          9. Remember why you are doing this.

          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

          10. Find some competition.

          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

          11. Go exercise.

          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

          12. Take a good break.

          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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