6 At-Home Shingles Remedies

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Natural Antivirals

Unfortunately, there is no way to completely cure shingles, but a medical doctor may recommend antiviral medications to help you heal more quickly and keep complications at bay. Acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famvir are all prescription medications intended to keep the shingles virus from continuing their development. 

 

However, there are some natural options for attempting the same shingles treatment through at-home methods. According to some sources, colloidal silver taken orally is detrimental to viruses, claiming it essentially invades the virus and prevents it from continued replication. Other sources report that colloidal silver may be unsafe to take orally and suggest a topical cream instead. However, it’s important to note that the FDA advises against the use of colloidal silver. 

Vitamin C is another natural method for fending off the shingles virus. Much like taking vitamin C supplements during a cold or flu, it may provide a boost to the immune system. A vitamin A deficiency may also wreak havoc on the immune system, although the science is still unsure as to whether or not supplementing intake can actually help fight off viruses. Always use caution when undertaking untested alternatives to combat illness.

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