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Cure Shingles: Home Remedies for Shingles Treatment

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Posted by Karen (Tulsa, Ok) on 09/12/2011

[NAY]  I have had shingles for the first time for a week now. I thought it was poison Ivy, really painful, itchy, burning hot patches of blisters. After three days of applying poison ivy meds, including the apple cider vinegar therapy, which actually caused mine to worsen as the Apple Cider Vinegar initiated furious blistering and swelling, I went to the dr who diagnosed shingles and started me on a potent anti-viral. I also went to the health food store (Akins) and got a gel rub which works wonderfully for relieving pain and itch. Also taking 1,000 mg Lysine 3x a day and 1-2, 000 mg of a good quality Vit C 3x a day. Shingles is a very serious ailment and can be life debilitating.

Replied by Dabeardedguy
Boise, Idaho, Usa
Actually to be more accurate, Shingles is only "life debilitating" to someone with a poor immune system. But for the healthy person, it poses little to no threat.
Replied by Terry
Hi, What was the name of the gel that stopped the pain and itching. I need something. Terry

Posted by Liz (New York, Ny) on 08/21/2011

[YEA]  Out of desperation, I began searching for a remedy for my mother who was suffering from shingles. She said she has had the worst three weeks of her life. Her doctor prescribed vicoden and benadryl but she couldn't function and these only provided minor relief. We started the ACV yesterday. We first applied it with a spray bottle mixed with a basil tea I made. (Her outbreak was in her head. ). We also gave her 2T every 4hrs yesterday. (unfortunately she couldn't tolerate the 4th dose..... She gags on the vinegar hahaha). It wasn't an immediate relief, but almost!!!! She slept for the first time last night without any medication!!! Said it's like a miracle and much better than benadryl. She said she doesn't mind the taste because the benefit is far greater!!!!! She said it was a 70% improvement.

Replied by Carmen
Ottawa, Ontario
Was looking for relief. Tried your remedy. Thanks a bunch:)
Replied by Idalia
Kissimmiee, Fl/oceola
I mixed organic coconut oil with vitamin E oil and palmer's olive butter formula since it was all the stuff I had at hand and I was desperate since I was itching really bad, I made the mixture and instantly I felt relief I am on acyclovir 800Mg tables

Posted by Victor (Edmonton, Alberta Canada) on 08/05/2011

[YEA]  after reading through alot of posts on this website I tried the ACV and CP rub and it did help but after doing more research and trials I found that baking powder helped the most. Found in "1801 home remedies" take baking powder and mix with enough water to make a paste. Apply paste to affected area and let dry. Helps dry the blisters and with itch. Found it works better then ACV because it's a paste that stays effective for longer then the liquid ACV. Orally I tried ACV with CP, lysine, echinacea but found the best oral remedy to be "cat's claw". It's a natural viral treatment. Taking them all won't hurt either seeing as they are all natural.

Replied by Kay
In The Valley, Ca
Was it baking powder or baking soda that you used? I don't think they are interchangeable. Thanks.
Replied by God Made Natural Cures.
Los Angeles, Ca
Baking powder might work better than soda because the corn starch is soothing. You can make your own baking powder without aluminum. Recipe is one part baking soda, one part corn starch, and 2 parts cream of tartar. I make small batches and keep them in my old baking powder can. No preservatives and yet I have had none go bad.

Posted by Hma (Parlier, Ca) on 07/22/2011

[YEA]  about 10 days ago I noticed three shingles in my groin area. I had an outbreak about 10 years ago of the shingles on my right ear. The doctor prescribed some green antiviral pills that did nothing but constipate me. Anyway that outbreak went away on its own after 3 weeks of pain and vertigo, and not to mention lost work. this time around though, I decided no doctor, I consulted a friend of mine who told me about this site.

Let me tell you all that this remedy of apple cider vinegar truly does work fast on these painful shingles. I have swabbed these critters with Apple Cider Vinegar for the past 24 hours, once every 4 hours, and let me tell you that two have almost dissapeared and one shrunk to half its size . Im very happy with this folk remedy and just sorry I had not known about this site before. An inexpensive formula that is common all over the world truly works wonders.


Replied by Francis
Dallas, Tx
I had horrid shingles all over my buttocks. Desitin, tub baths, showers, and applying pressure, helped with the itch. Blisters broke and couldn't heal between buttocks leaving large open wounds. Used a DuoDerm bandage that healed them in 7 days. Valtrex and Lyrica for pain that has continued once the rash went below the skin surface.

Posted by Bvemu (Kent, Uk) on 05/06/2011

[YEA]  I've just put this on my shingles on my face, it burned a little for 10 minutes and then the spots went white- PAIN GONE!!! I have suffered shingles on and off for 20 years with huge gaps of 5 years but I will absolutely be looking at the great qualities of this ACV for other ailments... My husbands athletes foot. Will let you know how I got on. A BIG THANK YOU for sharing your advice... It has really worked. Kind regards BV

Posted by Jamie (Indianapolis, Indiana) on 11/05/2009

[YEA]  Shingles: I tried the ACV after reading testimonials. It relieved the pain and the rash is clearing. I did go to the doctor and am on medication but the ACV really does help. Thanks

Replied by Nlt
Tampa, Fl
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   Have had shingles for about a week and a half now. Originally thought it was a spider bite like some of the other posters, but quickly realized that it was unlikely that a spider would have bitten me 3-4 times. Went to a doctor who had no idea what it was and when I asked he just mumbled "its some sort of skin... Thing. " Idiot. Prescribed Cipro and anti-itch medication, neither of which would help at all so I didn't even get it filled. I figured out on my own that it was shingles and began applying Abreva hourly, which definitely helped prevent further spread. Its pricy but OTC and really helps!

Found this site about 4 days ago and have been using the apple cider vinegar, as well as tea tree oil, directly on the blisters. This has helped a lot. The blisters are healing and haven't seen any new ones popping up. I won't say the pain or itchiness is any less, but at least they're disappearing. The tea tree oil does help to soothe a little but it only lasts for about an hour. Still can't sleep, and I'm very uncomfortable in any position- sitting, laying, standing. Just all around uncomfortable. Considering taking Ambien if I go another sleepless night. Will post if I find anything new.

Replied by Ed
Sandy, Utah
I am in day 7 after being diagnosed with Shingles. I have no pain nor ichiness. I am taking an antiviral until Sunday. I broke out with the blisters last Sunday and already they are healing. Very weird, wondering if I could have something else. Have not put anything on the blisters because I don't want to flare them up or irritate them. I have done a lot of researching and not seen a case of Shingles completely free of pain or discomfort like mine. Thought I would share.
Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa
Ed: My dear mother got the shingles that lasted for about 2 months. 6 months later she was diagnosed w/ terminal cancer. Not to sound alarming, but shingles that is severe or prolonged means the immune system has some major problem.

Recommendations are detox protocols and immune boosting.

Posted by Kelbie (Ripon, Ca) on 08/14/2009

[YEA]  Thanks for the information on your site. I had shingles for 4 days before I found your site. I had been to the doctor who gave be antibiotics but the pain was not going away. I was not able to sleep one night from the pain so I searched for remedies. I tried the ACV. I put on the ACV with a cotton ball directly on the blisters. Couldn't believe that once I put it on my blisters, within 5 minutes, the pain had subsided. I also drank the vinegar mixed with apple juice (1 tblsp to 4 oz of juice). I had a lot of redness on my skin with the blisters. The redness was gone within a few hours of applying the ACV. Thanks so much for the help!

Replied by H
Bixby, Oklahoma
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   Developed my first case of the shingles after minor surgery! Ouch! They're worse than surgery! And itchy!!! After going several days just using the Famciclovir the dr gave me and calamine lotion on the rash (about 3-4 nickel-quarter size 'bumps' which never formed blisters)... I remembered Earth Clinic. The info provided here helped me with other conditions too!

Last night, this morning and this evening I drank 1 Tblspoon ACV in water with honey (heated up).. not exactly tasty, but I'll do what it takes. I also rubbed cotton balls soaked in ACV on the bumps several times. I'm still getting the shooting "pains" apparently associated with these shingles, but the bumps have already started to fade. It's already doing better than rubbing calamine 3-5 times a day! I also purchased L-Lysine which I've taken 2 tablets, B-12, one tablet, and I'm taking 4-6 tablets of Vitamin C. So far the ACV is helping with the rash. Time will tell! Thanks Earth Clinic.

Replied by Barbara
Rsm, Ca
Hi all Shingles People! My shingles started a week ago but I realized what it was only 2 days ago. I was suspecting poison oak. I have never had that before in my life. I also have never had poison oak burn either so it was hard for me to diagnose it.

I got my health insurance 2.5 weeks ago so I don't think I can go to see a doctor now because I'm pretty sure insurance will call it preexisting condition. My symptoms are not that bad and I am so lucky it's not on my face next to the eye. Ouch. I have a small rush on my back and another one above my heap.

I started ACV treatment yesterday ( drunk ACV with water and washed rush with ACV with cotoon ball). I also take multivitamin, vitamin B and tons of vitamin C. Aloe Vera bring some relief too.

Last night I woke up for the first time with pain and had to take a pain killer. I am not sure if ACV helps or not. It's too early to say. But my cold like symptoms are gone and skin seams less sensitive too today.

Did you know that Edgar Cayce had a solution for shingles too? Check this out:

I don't think my diet is poor but I did injure my spine and I am under a lot of stress recently so it could trigger my shingles. I have not tried Edgar's treatment yet.

Thank you for sharing your tips and experiences.

Replied by Alexa
Vegas, Nv
I have to thank you all so very much for your comments on this acv, I just tried it and pray it works for me.... I was freaking out with this ugly rash and soo painfull too...

Posted by CJK (Augusta, ME) on 06/30/2009

[YEA]  Apple Cidar Cinegar cured my shingles. I'm 37 yrs old and was shocked when my dr. said the word shingles!! I thought it was a spider bite for the 1st 2 days, and then on the 3rd, it started to blister. That's when I knew, something was very wrong. My dr. prescribed an anti-viral, and antibiotic, and pain med. By the next morning I was in so much pain I cried, I decided to surf the net to see if I could find anything useful. Thank goodness I came across this site! I immediately went to the store and picked up apple cidar vinegar, L-Lysine and Vitamin C. The ACV was a miracle!!! I didn't drink it because my stomach was already upset from the med's. I applied it to large gauze pads and wrapped it with seran wrap. After an hour I removed it and it already looked better and definately felt better. After 3 days the blisters are level with my skin and are not as painfull. I can only imagine what would have happened without the ACV. Try it, what do you have to loose?.......... besides horrific pain!!!! THANK YOU, Sincerely, CJK

Replied by Eva
Muncie, Indiana
I have been dealing with shingles for 9months now. My problem is not rash but flu like symptoms. I have been so sick that I cant get up somedays. I have lost 25 lbs due to lack of appetite. I have been to ER twice and on antiviral twice. Nothing works. Still on percoset 2 to 4 times a day. (pain is constant) Somedays cant move legs or arms-its in my spine. I had breast cancer in 1998. I am so scared that I may never recover. I cannot function to even work. Please is there any cure for shingles so that I may go on with my life?? Thank You, Eva.
Replied by Psyched
Flying Hills, Pa
Evelyn, I am so sorry for your chronic pain & I empathize with your pain. My own 1st time bout of shingles brought me to this website, and I've read a lot of the postings. My suggestion after reading several is to try apple cider vinegar (1T. in water or juice 3x a day to drink & also dab directly on lesions), aloe Vera gel, l-lysine (for energy), oil of eucalyptus or peppermint for pain, & olive leaf extract (natural anti-viral recommended by a retired pharmacist on this site), cayenne capsules, and cold pressed coconut oil and raw honey rubbed on for their anti-viral & germ fighting properties & to keep from scarring. Personally, I used raw honey on a bad burn on the back of my hand and have NO scarring. Much success to you.
Replied by Ana Maria
Waterbury, Ct
Apple cider vinegar for shingles does work should also drink it besides applying to the rash. Two to three caps of apple cider with a glass of water or in a bottle (drink some before adding). Apply with a cotton ball avoid touching it and wash hands frequently. I also bathe with it take a bucket half warm water if in the shower and put half cup of apple cider oder goes away quickly and pour it all over your body after bathing if in a bathtub then pour 1/2 cup. After bath use organic coconut oil they sell it in health stores (also the vinegar should be with the mother brand less than 5 dollars) and supermarkets in the organic section. Silver spray and liquid. The spray you apply to rash kills bacteria and viral great use for immune system. The liquid can take a teaspoon awesome results. No pain so far and rash is shrinking quickly (no meds refused after seeing side effects) Take also 1000mg of Vitamin C and cayenne capsules with a meal. Peppermint cream on rash before sleeping for a good night rest and if the rest of body hurts apply as well will sleep. After all is gone if pain persists seek Acupuncture doctor best bet! ;) Good luck!!!

Posted by Sam (London, UK) on 05/17/2009

[YEA]  Hi all, in January 09 i came down with a case of shingles on the right side of my face. It was excruciatingly painful. Once the blisters had cleared up and I could again open my eye, I thought I was on the mend. However I was left with neuralgia in the nerve endings in the right side of my face and head. I went to the doctor to see what he could give me for it as this was preventing me from sleeping each night and I was slowly going in insane. The only thing he could suggest for me was anti-depressants. No way! Not for a pain on my face, however much it hurt! So to cut a long story short I did a lot of research. ACV kept coming up over and over. One morning the pain was soo bad and frustrating as I could'nt keep my fingers from it that I couldn't leave the house. I remembered that I had brought the ACV to try and took 2 tablespoons of it in desperation. Magically the itching and burning sensation stopped almost within minutes. I thought I was imagining it. However I continued to take it every time the pain came back and each time it had the same affect. 2 tbsp every couple of hours. Or whenever you feel the need. Hope you find this helpful. Take care

Replied by Fran
Monmouth, U.k.
Thank you for the suggestion of ACV. I got a very severe case of shingles in June and have been left with PHN which is driving me demented! I feel I have exhaused every remedy and nothing touches the pain. I will try ACV right now!
Replied by Sam
London, Uk
You are very welcome. I only hope that it helps you too. No more PHN woo! Let us know how you get on.
Replied by Brenda
Riverton, Illinois, Usa
Thank you Sam for your results with ACV for the nerve pain from Shingles. I have had the nerve pain for 7 months now. It has been horrible. The meds the doctor wanted me to take all had horrible side effects and I wouldn't take them. I've been trying to find natural relief. I did take 5-HTP which has helped a little. I started my husband on ACV for gout and he had complete relief in 3 days. I wanted to try ACV for my shingles nerve pain, but couldn't stand the taste. Another submitter suggested using 2 packets of lemon powder and 2 packets of stevia in a glass of water with the ACV. This tastes so much better that I am now going to take ACV daily to see if I can get relief from this pain. Again thanks and I hope you and I do not get any further shingles episodes.
Replied by Maria
Marietta, Ga
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I have had shingles pain for one year. I am taking lyrica, but does not help much. Out of desperation, I searched this wonderful site and so many people mentioned ACV. I had a large bottle at home and took 2 tbs. with a glass of water and the pain was reduced a lot. I can smile now. There is still pain, but I will continue to take the ACV and hopefully, my shingles will be gone forever!!
Replied by Tony
St Paul, Ab, Canada
Hi, this is about treating SHINGLES.... Put pure oil of cinnamon on the soles of the feet, and the palms, twice a day. Also I would put oil of sage on the affected areas. I have found this to be a reliable treatment for anything viral.

Posted by Kelly (Lake Cathie, N.S.W-Australia) on 03/05/2009

[YEA]  What I first thought were infected insect bites turned out to be shingles. While I did not have any pain, I had extremely itchy lumps that blistered and spread till they formed one large area on my neck and were popping up in other places as well. I had tried various things like hydrogen peroxide, aloe vera gel and betadine but they only gave temporary relief from the itching and did not stop them spreading. I remembered your site and read about using ACV for shingles and thought I would give it a go before I gave up and went to the doctor. I just used a cotton-ball and dabbed it straight onto the whole area that was affected every couple of hours. It gave me immediate relief from the itching (although it stung a bit for a few minutes) and within a couple of days it had dried up completely, the scabs were healing and it had stopped spreading. It is now about a week since I started using ACV and the shingles have virtually disappeared. Thanks heaps!

Replied by Vicki
Duvall, Wa
Treatment for Shingles. Melaleuca.

Posted by Anonymous (Nowhere, PA) on 01/21/2009

[YEA]  So, I am 25 years old and developed my first case of Shingles. They are HORRIBLE!! After reading the posts on ACV, I decided to try it out. Well, tonight is the first night that I have used it and already I am seeing less redness and swelling in the areas of the Shingles. I am currently drinking 2 teaspoons mixed w/ juice. It tastes as it smells but I don't care as long as it keep working!!! :) My Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Dad all swear by ACV!! So far it's working!! Thanks for the info!!

Replied by Dthales
Ogden, Ut
[YEA]   I was seriously doubting that Apple Cider Vinegar was working becasue so many people seemed to be also using some other form of treatment. My 16 year old son has shingles on his neck and was miserable for two days. He was beyond the time when antivirals would be effective so the doctor said he just had to wait it out and to take an allergy pill if itching became a problem.

My son was miserable and couldn't beleive all he could do was wait it out for a week or so. So he begged me to find some other form of releif and I found this website talking about Apple Cider Vinegar. I figured it couldn't hurt to try.

So I went and bought some and dabbed it on all the affected areas with a cotton ball about 5 times during the whole day yesterday and he drank one capfull of the ACV 2 times during the day. He also also put on calamine lotion on before bed.

This morning he woke up and says he feels 80% improved from yesterday! Holy cow the stuff really works! The sores even look better already! Drives me crazy I have to search the internet for this stuff though. The doctor should tell us these things!

Replied by Susanfrommontreal
Montreal, Canada
Shingles: My husband had a severe case of shingles 3 years ago all over his upper body that lasted 3 months. The only way he could sleep was to wrap ice in a towel. We finally found a Dr who recommended a 9 step treatment at the hospital (injections in the spine) that finally worked along with a cream compound (xylotaine)

The shingles are back again (no more cream) but on his face this time. I had an herbal infusion made at a local shop that I read about with oak bark, sage, lady's mantle, oats, sweet clover& chamomile that I boilled, let cool and he used it as a compress. Itching gone. So far, so good.

Posted by Steve (Ballina, Australia) on 11/29/2008

[YEA]  After six days of the really intense pain of Shingles on my scalp and right forehead - and this using the prescribed medication and painkillers, I looked up cures on the internet and found this site. ACV seemed to have the most comments and it was something I knew I could get from the local supermarket. I took the two tablespoons in juice orally as one writer had suggested and within minutes the pain had dulled to a tolerable level. This was about 8pm in the evening. I also dabbed the rash with straight ACV. Not looking forward to yet another sleepless night I took a second oral dose of ACV and all my doctor prescribed stuff just before going to bed at about 11pm. I am writing this the morning after the only unbroken sleep I have had all week. I have taken another dose of ACV with the other stuff this morning. I still have some pain but it is tolerable and I now think the other option I considered ie. chopping my head off, was perhaps a little too drastic.

Replied by Dkimb
Redondo Beach, Ca, Usa
[YEA]   I want to thank you all for the great tips ~ I found them late at night, when I realized I was indeed coming down with what could have been a terrible case of shingles on my face, close to my eyes, which was pretty scary. While waiting to find out how soon I could see my skin & eye doctors, I applied a lot of ACV, and also took it in tea, and added l lysine and Brewer's yeast (great source of B12). EVERYTHING calmed down! I still have a case of shingles, and am now on the med, but not stopping any of these other things, ESPECIALLY Apple Cider Vinegar, it has made a huge difference. The itching, burning, tingling is all but gone, the blisters that had started already are drying up (in 1 day! ), and other blisters I really feel have been halted. I will complete my whole course of meds for the week, with ACV applied all the way. I would never have thought of this, but it is unbelieveably effective ~ so to all of you here ~ THANK YOU, so much. This could have been really awful!

Posted by Donna (Halifax, Nova Scotia) on 10/23/2008

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar for Shingles

I used cotton rounds soaked in Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and swabbed area as often as I could, approx every hour. I also drank 2 tbsp mixed in juice, morning and night. Best to leave the soaked cotton on affected area as long as possible. On first attempt, I placed cotton on area and wrapped plastic around myself to keep cotton from moving, however, after approx 30 min the burning sensation was too strong and I had to remove plastic. From that point on I placed soaked cotton on affected area and laid down with it on my back for as long as I could. I saw a drastic improvement in less than 24 hours. The affected area looked better, pain had decreased substantially and rash stopped spreading. Never would have believed it if I hadn't tried it myself!!

Posted by Gena (Baltimore, Maryland) on 09/14/2008

[YEA]  My son had his first case of shingles (13yr) this week. I came upon your site and read the remedies from others. We tried the ACV. I soaked cotton balls in ACV and put them on the rash area for about 45 min. 2 times a day. I also had him drink 1 tbl ACV w/ 10oz of cold apple juice in the am and at night. His rash begin to heal overnight. His pain and rash went away within 3 days. I think that we will try this remedy when he feels the rash coming on. I believe that if you start it early on-this remedy will lessen the shingles time. Thanks so much to others who shared their remedies and to you for getting this info to others! Gena Taylor

Replied by Joan
Adelaide, South Aus
My husband developed shingles two weeks ago. We have been using Calendula Cream which seems to have been very effective in healing them and easing pain. also taking zinc, vit C.

Posted by Denise (Tampa, FL) on 08/29/2007

[YEA]  Shingles stopped with ACV -- I suddenly had severe stabbing pains in my back on the left side. A few hours of this and some red blisters were starting to appear. I read about the Apple Cider Vinegar and took 1 1/2 T in a glass of distilled water with some honey for taste. I had only 2 more stabbing pains and went to bed. In the AM the rash was gone. I am continuing to take the ACV twice a day and so far I feel like it is trying to break out again on my upper thigh, but then disappears due to the ACV. Time will tell, but I have no doubt that it is the ACV that is keeping it at bay.

Replied by Karina
Sherman Oaks, Ca
I have had shingles twice now, and I am finally starting to figure out how to shorten the duration. First things first.... Relax. Mine is triggered by stress.... So I do EVERYTHING to relax and unwind! I get massages, do yoga, go on walks, laugh... Definitely laugh... and remind myself not to take life so seriously.

Once you see the rash coming on... Take two valtrex immediately. Then take one twice a day for at least 7 days or until the shingles subside. I wash with zanfel once a day for itching and to help pop the little blisters so they heal faster. This is a poison oak treatment... But it helps tremendously with itching (almost immedately) and help dry up the blisters so they don't spread to other areas (shingles can be spread... so don't scratch them and spread them to other areas of the body).

I have also been using a cream called triamcinolone acetonide. Its a topical steroid cream and dramatically reduces inflamation. I use this twice a day after washing with cold water and a light soap to keep the rash clean.

I am also taking lysine and vitamin C twice a day to help build my immune system. The virus loves weak immune systems... So anything that helps build it will help get rid of it faster. That includes no alcohol, lots of veggies (helps alkaline the body), fruit and water.

Also...change your pillow case and sheets regularly so they stay clean. Apple cider vinegar soaks with cold water also help to heal the skin quickly and sooth the itching and inflamation.

I hope this helps. Shingles suck but they are managable if you get on it right away. I am also going to look into the vaccine since this is my second bout with this and I am over it!

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