Latest statistics show that every third person in the US develops shingles. Shingles are also known as herpes zoster or only zoster. In fact, in the US there are more than 1 million cases of shingles. Most of the people that have recovered from chickenpox actually could develop shingles, and the risk increases as people get older. There are more men and women older than 60 that get shingles, and this number is almost ½ of all people that get it.
There are some people that are genetically prone to develop shingles, and that is due to the immune system that doesn’t work properly or suffer from HIV, lymphoma, or leukemia. Also people that suppress the immunity such as steroids or drugs could easily develop shingles. In fact, people with shingles have one episode, some might have a second or third.
Here is how to prevent shingles:
Shingles actually appear due to weak immune system, and people could prevent it by taking vitamin C since it is known that this vitamin is boosting the immune system. You will need to consume enough vitamin C on daily basis in order to decrease the duration of a cold. Also most probably you are aware of the fact that vaccines don’t treat this illness, and that the success rate of vaccines is around 51% of all patients. The negative effects of this vaccine are:
- Joint and muscle pain
- Rashes to the skin
- Breathing problems
- Sore throat
- Swollen glands
On the other hand, the use of vitamin C as treatment and prevention contains much better health benefits that will help you minimize the seriousness of this illness.
Here is something else that you could do in order to maintain the immune system in full capacity:
- Maintain normal weight
- Don’t smoke
- Exercise regularly
- Get enough sleep at night
- Don’t abuse the use of alcohol
- Regularly check the blood pressure
- Consume fruits, veggies, and grains