What is Shingles?
Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful and blistering rash caused by the Varicella Zoster virus. It usually affects adults over 50, people with weakened immune systems, and can be especially serious and potentially life-threatening in pregnant women and premature infants. Varicella zoster is the same virus that is responsible for chicken pox. If you have ever had chicken pox, you are at risk of developing shingles. This is because the varicella zoster virus remains dormant in your body, but can be triggered at any time, resulting in an outbreak. Shingles commonly manifest decades after a person contracts chicken pox.
The shingles rash commonly appears on one side of the face or body and around the waist. Shingles outbreaks typically last two to four weeks, though you may experience long-term effects and symptoms.
Most people begin to experience symptoms of a shingles' outbreak before the rash appears. These symptoms include fatigue, headaches and muscle aches, flu-like symptoms, and tingling or burning pain around the abdominal area. Serious complications include pneumonia and hearing loss, though these are very rare. The painful shingles rash will begin to appear two to three days later and is characterized by blisters that can easily break.
Long-term effects from shingles include debilitating nerve pain that can continue even after the rash clears up. In 10-20% of people with shingles, the rash appears around the eye area, called ophthalmologic herpes zoster. Though less common, this type of outbreak results in prolonged pain, facial scarring, and, in rare instances, vision loss.
How Can I Effectively Treat my Shingles?
To treat your shingles safely and ease discomfort, follow these best practices.
Start treatment within 72 hours of the outbreak
- Use Derma Change Shingles Cream on affected areas regularly to reduce symptoms such as burning and pain
- Lessen the amount of time you have shingles
- Lower your risk of developing other health problems, such as long-lasting pain that can linger for months or years, long after the rash clears
To ease this discomfort, we recommend the following:
- Keep skin cool by applying a clean, cool, and damp washcloth several times a day. Apply for 5 to 10 minutes each time.
- Soak in a low temperature oatmeal bath to reduce inflammation
- After the bath, re-apply your DermaChange Shingles cream
Until the rash clears completely, do the following every day:
- Gently cleanse the rash with a pH balanced cleanser
- Apply a layer of Derma Change Shingles Cream
- Cover the rash with a new, sterile, non-stick bandage
- Wash your hands after touching the rash to prevent spreading to other parts of the body
Treat the rash every day until it lessens or disappears.
Most people see the blistery rash start to scab in about seven to 10 days, but it usually takes between two and four weeks for the rash to go away completely. Keep in mind that you are considered contagious until your rash and any remaining scabs are completely gone.
Treat uncomfortable skin safely and effectively.
While your skin heals, the skin with the rash can feel extremely uncomfortable, sensitive, and even painful. Though it may be difficult, try not to scratch any blisters and avoid touching the rash unless applying our Shingles Cream. If you must touch the rash, remember to wash your hands immediately after contact.
Prevent others from getting sick.
Until the shingles rash clears, you are contagious. Anyone who has not had chicken pox (or the vaccine for chicken pox) can catch the virus. This could cause chicken pox in immunocompromised people, pregnant women, and even infants! Staying home and away from others is of utmost importance in recovering and preventing the spread of chicken pox and shingles.
To avoid infecting others who could get chickenpox and later shingles, dermatologists recommend that you do the following until the rash clears.
- Cover the rash, and keep it covered in Dermachange Shingles cream and a soft bandage
- Avoid touching and scratching your rash
- Apply your Dermachange Shingles cream with a wood tongue depressor or even a table knife that you can either toss or disinfect.
- Immediately wash your hands after applying cream or changing bandages
- Stay away from pregnant women, babies 12 months old or younger, anyone who is sick, everyone who has not had chickenpox, and immunocompromised people
Overall, shingles is a painful virus that affects many people at some point in their lives, with some outbreaks reoccurring in certain people. At DermaChange, our goal is to offer the highest quality products to fully relieve the uncomfortable, painful symptoms of shingles in the most natural and cost-effective way, which is why we created our Shingles Cream.
Our Shingles Cream contains natural ingredients designed to reduce inflammation and pain, as well as aid in the healing process when the rash begins to subside and flake. This miracle formula is carefully pH balanced to skin’s natural pH to support healthy skin and aid in cell regeneration.
Our Shingles Cream has many rave reviews and has helped thousands of people in their shingles treatment and recovery. Many people tell us that it lessens their breakouts within two days, and even helps reduce the nerve pain commonly associated with shingles. Additionally, many people use it on other types of rashes to aid in the healing process. Our special formula works to reduce symptoms of the virus and helps tremendously with any itchy, irritated skin, and even pain. The key is to use enough to cover the breakout, keep the area clean, and continue the treatment until the rash is completely gone.