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One million Americans each year experience a shingles outbreak and one in three people are said to be affected by shingles at some point in their life. Shingles cause nerve pain, itching, fever, and blisters. A weak immune system will make you more susceptible to encountering shingles and will result in a worsening of the symptoms of shingles. Shingles are caused by the same virus as chickenpox and even 10% of people who previously had chickenpox end up getting shingles. The older a person is, the higher the risk of contracting shingles.
An interesting note is that children these days are discouraged from having exposure to chickenpox by way of vaccination. This is a virus that may be inconvenient, but in a huge majority of cases, is not life-threatening. At a younger age, children are much more likely to easily overcome chickenpox than older adults who deal with shingles. When children skip this step in supporting immune system development, it may actually be putting them on the path to encountering shingles as adults. Another important piece of information is that in the order of the family, older adults who interact with children share bacterium and viral exposures, which actually helps their immune systems to develop and prevent outbreaks of shingles. This is why it remains an important prevention measure to be in community with family and friends of varying ages to increase the strength of our immune systems through contact.
Foods can have a huge impact on immune system function, so here are a few things to take note of DO consume water, garlic and onions, leafy greens, and foods high in vitamin C and B vitamins. DON’T eat sugar, fruit juices, soft drinks, caffeine or fried foods.
Generally, you want to boost the immune system, which is why at Hansen Health Solutions we make unique approaches to this particular condition using IV vitamin C, ozone therapy, and ultraviolet blood irradiation. One of the fastest ways to boost vitamin C is with high-dose vitamin C treatments. Ultraviolet blood irradiation and ozone therapies are incredible at clearing the viral load and setting up the immune system for success in dealing with whatever comes our way.
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