In recent times, and after being prompted by mainstream media and vaccine producers, parents have started to think of chickenpox as a dangerous health condition, especially among their young children.
But this is untrue
In the past, chickenpox was a common childhood ailment and almost a rite of passage. The children (who caught it) then had antibodies for the rest of their days. What is true is that shingles is more common in those (over the age of 50) who have had chickenpox in the past. However, being exposed to and catching chickenpox early on during childhood may significantly lower their risk of developing shingles anyway. The other advantage of children being allowed to develop chickenpox is that they boost the antibodies of their grandparents so that they are less likely to have shingles. Chickenpox and shingles are caused by similar viruses – that is the herpes virus family. Varicella zoster virus for chickenpox, herpes zoster virus for shingles. When you contract chickenpox, the virus can remain dormant in your nerve roots for years but may reawaken because of severe physical or emotional stress, resurfacing as shingles. Even certain medications such as steroids (like prednisone), chemotherapy and radiation may also set off shingles - whatever your age.
What is the difference between chickenpox and shingles?
Chickenpox is a contagious mild disease where small round lesions appear on the skin causing intense itching. For most children, chickenpox is a very mild disease without complications.
Shingles is characterized by inflammation of the nerves and a painful blistering rash. Although shingles is not contagious, it can still infect a person who hasn’t had chickenpox, appearing as chickenpox instead of shingles. The first sign of shingles is a tingling, itching or stabbing pain on your skin - on one side of your face or body. And it is so important to treat the condition in this early first stage to avoid complications (such as post herpetic neuralgia or PHN) and a long, painful and drawn out illness.
Treat shingles naturally
It is always best to avoid the prescription drug route for shingles, in spite of the well meaning intentions of physicians, as unfortunately such drugs used to help treat herpes outbreaks will often be followed by adverse side effects.
- Our own natural H-Shingles Formula is a breakthrough FDA Listed product that is applied topically so it starts to provide relief immediately. Using established homeopathic ingredients, the product helps treat shingles and post herpetic neuralgia symptoms on contact, relieving the rash, pain and discomfort as quickly as possible without any irritation or scarring.
- Another natural remedy is to apply honey on the affected area four times daily which has proven effective against shingles, along with other herpes infections. High quality raw honey has been approved for medical use because of its healing properties: beneficial in treating wounds because it draws fluid away from the wound; a high sugar content that inhibits the growth of harmful microorganisms; and the special enzyme secreted by bees and known as glucose oxidase (which causes honey to produce low levels of hydrogen peroxide when it comes into contact with your wound). Manuka honey, a high-quality variety that originated from New Zealand, has all of these wound-healing properties, along with antimicrobial qualities.
When you contract chickenpox as a child, and as you grow older, contact with the younger generation (who carry the virus) fortifies your natural immunity against the infection itself and of course shingles too. Exposure to the chickenpox virus is like getting a shingles vaccine shot – but without the concerns, toxins and side effects that can come with any vaccine.