Herpes Zoster: Treatment, Diet and Home Remedies

Food and Nutrition

Foods to be taken
  • Consume foods rich in the lysine like vegetables, legumes, fish, turkey and chicken.
  • Consume brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower contain an active ingredient known as the indole-3-carbinol, which has been shown to inhibit replication of herpes viruses
Foods to be avoided
  • Avoid eating foods high in arginine, especially peanuts, chocolate and almonds, is associated with more frequent herpes outbreaks
  • Reduce intake of refined sugars and aspartame 

Yoga and Exercise

Aerobic exercises like swimming, bicycle riding, walking may be helpful.

Home Remedies

  • Donot scratch
  • Cover the rash or blisters with loose, non-stick, sterile bandages
  • Apply cold, wet compresses or ice packs to itchy areas, or soak in a lukewarm bath. Stay away from heat, which can intensify itchiness
  • Wear loose clothing. This will prevent clothes from rubbing against your irritated skin

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