Zona, also known as shingles, is caused by the varicella zoster virus, often caught during childhood. The virus remains in the body, particularly in lymph nodes and the roots of nerves. Symptoms can appear years after the initial infection, becoming reactivated and spreading throughout the body along the nerve fibers.
Warning signs of zona include: pain, itching, tingling, numbness, burning sensations and light fever. Then, rashes form: small vesicles along the sensory nerve dry up and form crusts a few days later. This cycle generally lasts between two and four weeks. The regions most afflicted by zona are the thorax, back, buttocks and neck. Approximately 20% of North Americans will develop zona at one point in their lives.
As is the case with many infections, people with fragile immune systems are most likely to develop zona, such as people over 50, immunocompromised, afflicted with infectious diseases or undergoing medical treatments. Adults that have come into contact with children with chicken pox benefit from better protection against zona.
Once you have contracted the virus, the following measures can be recommended by health professionals:
Despite various treatments prescribed with traditional medicine, most people with zona continue to suffer from major burning sensations. Applying emu oil on the areas affected by zona is known to reduce the burning sensations. The earlier emu oil is applied, the more effective it will be. For best results, replace your soaps with our hydrating cleanser made from emu oil, called Pure Softness. Remember, using emu oil is not risky as it is 100% natural.