Coconut Oil for Shingles

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When you have shingles or herpes zoster, you’ll experience painful sores caused by a virus called Varicella zoster. It’s the same virus that causes Chickenpox. It gives you an uncomfortable and embarrassing feeling all throughout the infection.

You may have Chickenpox previously. Though it heals over time with medications, the virus just becomes dormant and stays in your nerve roots. It might be forever dormant to some people. But, it can recur. When this virus becomes active and recurs, that’s when Shingles occur. Adults who have a weak immune system and aging over 50 years old are prone to Shingles.

Shingles don’t cause shingles. However, it may spread the virus to a person who never had Chickenpox their entire life. Then they’ll suffer from Chickenpox. To prevent the virus from spreading, you should:

  • Keep the shingle-affected area clean and covered.
  • Always wash your hands with water and soap.
  • Stay away from babies, pregnant women, children who haven’t had Chickenpox and older people. Their immune system isn’t strong enough to protect themselves from the virus.

When you have shingles, you’ll first experience headache and flu. Then you’ll start feeling itchy and pain on the affected area. A rash then appears on this area. The rash then evolves into a group of blisters that are filled with fluid. These blisters may take 2-4 weeks before it gets healed, and sadly, it may leave a scar.

If you see your doctor for Shingles treatment, they’ll probably prescribe you with antiviral medications that’ll help heal your rashes faster. On the other hand, there are several natural home remedies that you can try, just like the coconut oil.

Why Coconut Oil for Shingles?

Coconut oil keeps on popping with new health benefits since it contains a lot of healthy nutrients. These nutrients are beneficial to our body, hair, skin and much more.

Coconut oil contains antiviral properties that may help kill any virus in our body that causes infection.

The virus that causes Shingles is no exception. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties that may help heal the blisters faster. Applying coconut oil may assist in speeding up the healing process. You can continually use coconut oil after the treatment of Shingles to prevent the formation of possible scars.

How to Apply Coconut Oil for Shingles Treatment

For treating shingles, make sure you’re using virgin coconut oil (VCO). You should do this coconut oil application regularly, after cleaning your blisters.

You’ll need:
2 tablespoon coconut oil; cotton balls

  1. Clean the affected area.
  2. Pour a sufficient amount of coconut oil in a bowl or any container.
  3. Soak a cotton ball in the coconut oil.
  4. Gently apply it to the blisters.

Speed up the treatment of Shingles the natural way using coconut oil. You can also take medications that are prescribed by your doctor while applying coconut oil on your blisters.

However, you should always remember that if the symptoms are persistent and make you really uncomfortable, you should go and see your doctor.