Shingles is an itch you are not gonna wanna scratch. That's because you don't want shingles in the first place. Because it's very painful and affects the lives of those unfortunate enough to suffer from its persistent aches and pains. Its medical name is 'varicella-zoster virus' and we know it affects 1 million people in the USA every year.
There have been many successful products that help alleviate the itching and pain but now people are turning to a new kid in town. In this post, we'll delve into CBD for shingles, nerve pain, and the endocannabinoid system. Let's get going.
What is Shingles?
Shingles is a rash and an itchy one at that. It is accompanied by pain that ranges from annoying to unbearable and can last for a brief moment or continue for years. Shingles presents as a rash that forms a line of blisters on the left or right side of the body. The shingles virus can cause physical and mental health issues as the pain and physical disturbance can lead to depression in the sufferer. The worst part is chronic nerve pain. Sometimes, after shingles comes post-herpetic neuralgia.
This is when the pain continues in the area of the shingles rash, even after the rash has gone. This is due to nerve damage. Post-herpetic neuralgia may also affect mental health. Issues sleeping or conducting regular daily life is effected as continuous pain won't allow for normality.
What Causes Shingles?
After a person has had chickenpox the varicella-zoster virus remains dormant in the body. The central nervous system to be precise. It is common for it to reactivate many years later. This is when it becomes shingles. There is no definitive answer to why a reactivation occurs but the immune system is to blame in most instances. The common reasons for a shingles outbreak are:
- An immune weakening disease
- 50 years old and over
- Specific types of medical treatments
- Specific types of medications
- Good old fashioned stress.
Common Symptoms of Shingles
The most common symptom of shingles is severe pain. The sufferer will generally feel a pain or burning sensation in a particular area of the body, to begin with. This burning sensation is also felt as a constant tingling will normally last a few days.
After this stage, a red rash appears and forms into clusters of blisters. These blisters are filled with puss and are continuously painful and itchy. The blister stage will last up to 10 days after which it will scab over. The rash will clear after 5 days max. Other symptoms include:
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Feverish temperature
- Abdominal pain
Treatment Options for Shingles
There are many options to treat shingles. Treating shingles is a well-worn path for most medical professionals. It involves pain management and skin health. If the sufferer scratches the blisters and rash's then more medical interventions are needed. OTC (over the counter) medicines are widely available and prescription medicine too.
Anti-viral medications, including famciclovir, acyclovir, and valacyclovir are popular but only provide a shortening of the rash's lifespan. It does not provide pain relief. Conventional treatments for shingles pain is generally through the prescription medications method. Drugs like opiate painkillers, lidocaine, or capsaicin patches are widely prescribed by doctors for pain relief and anti-inflammatory action. This is where CBD for shingles and the endocannabinoid system comes into effect. So...
Can CBD Help With Shingles?
In short YES. Using CBD products can help with shingles pain and nerve pain. CBD has been shown to inhibit viruses, and decrease inflammation that leads to damaged cells. Homeostasis is maintained using CBD. This prevents the virus from becoming active and starting a shingles outbreak. Moreover, CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can calm down overactive nerves and pain. It also reduces stress, it is stress that can lead to an outbreak.
The Endocannabinoid System
Pain or the physical perception of it is controlled in part by our body's endocannabinoid receptors. Our sensitivity to pain is what CBD products can help with. The cannabinoids in CBD oil activates the CB1 & CB2 receptors, which suppress pain levels.
Inflammation and Pain
CBD has cannabinoids. These cannabinoids have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. The amount of inflammatory chemicals in the body, including TNF, is well reduced by taking CBD. This allows CBD to be useful in both uses as pain relief and inflammation control and for the treatment of post-herpetic neuralgia.
CBD can for sure help with the pains and irritations that come with having shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia. Hide and Seek CBD oils are always high quality and for sale across the UK. At Hide and Seek CBD oils we care deeply about your CBD experience and our company is made up of expertise and passion toward the goal of supplying you the customer with a great mind and body health experience. Visit our online store today, and discover our premium CBD product, where quality is never compromised.