5. Taking Natural Supplements – Perhaps you are working on changing your eating habits so you consume more of a low-fat diet. While your body is becoming acclimated to the new foods, you can help to give your immune system a nice boost by taking supplements each day too. When you are taking vitamins daily, your immune system will be in the position to promote your optimal health and fight off any infections, illnesses, and viruses. The body is less likely to succumb to shingles when you are taking the daily recommended allowance of vitamins and minerals. If you already have the shingles inside you and are suffering from a complication to the virus known as PHN, your doctor can provide B12 shots to help strengthen the tissues covering the nerves and lessening the painful effects you feel.
6. Avoiding Taking Certain Medications – If you are currently taking any medications, you may not realize that you are making it easier for the shingles virus to take hold in your body. When you are taking medications and are concerned they may be weakening your system, contact your physician about the risks associated with the shingles virus. According to research conducted by the Mayo Clinic, patients who are taking drugs designed to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs can be increasing their risk of getting the shingles virus. Patients taking prednisone, or who are using steroids for a prolonged period of time, are at risk of developing this painful virus. Speak with your doctor about alternatives to these medications that will not put your body at risk from developing this painful rash.
So now you know all about the 6 ways you can avoid getting shingles. Speak with your doctor about changes to your exercise regimen, eating habits, or types of medications you may already be on. If you have not yet had the chickenpox, getting the varicella vaccine is one of the best ways to ensure you don’t develop shingles.