What do you know about the Shingles?

You can think of shingles as the one-two punch of infections. Anyone who ever gets it had a case of the chickenpox first, often many decades earlier.

The reason these two conditions are paired up: They come from the same virus.

Chickenpox causes itchy blistersthat might start on your back, chest, and face and spread to the rest of your body. Shingles is a rash with shooting pain. It usually shows up on just one side of your body.

If you start to feel tingly and itchy on one side of your torso and then notice a rash, call your doctor. She can examine you and figure out whether you have shingles

The symptoms of shinglesinclude:

  • Localized burning, throbbing or stabbing pain where the rash will soon appear (within days to weeks); some people describe it as more itchy. It can be constant or come and go.
  • Tingling, itching, or prickling skin, followed several days later by a group of fluid-filled blisters on a red, inflamed base of skin; the blisters typically crust over in a week.
  • The rash may be accompanied by fever, fatigue, or headache

How Do I Know If I Have Shingles?

If you had chickenpox as a child, you might recall the itchy, spotted rash that popped up on your face and body. The varicella zoster virus that causes chickenpox stays inside your body for many years.Once you’re older, that same virus can wake up and cause shingles, also called herpes zoster. It gives you a rash, too, but it’s often more painful than itchy.

A blistering rash on one side of your body can be a sign you have it. See your doctor to find out for sure. Once you’ve been diagnosed, you can get treated to help relieve your rash and other symptoms.

The Telltale Signs

Your doctor will first ask whether you’ve had chickenpox and look at your symptoms. A rash is the main sign of shingles. Often your doctor can tell that you have it from your skin alone.

shingles rash:

  • Appears on one side of your body and/or face
  • Stings, burns, and/or itches
  • Starts as red bumps that form into blisters

What Problems Can Shingles Cause?

When you have shingles, you tend to focus on the short-term — how to get relief from the pain and discomfort you have right now. For that, you have a lot of treatment options, from medicines to alternative therapies.

Shingles is a viral infection. The main symptom is a rash, usually on one side of your body. Typically, it hurts, burns, itches, and tingles. It may also give you a fever or headache and make you feel really tired.

Most of the time, your symptoms go away in less than a month. But for some people, complications come up.

While shingles itself is almost never life-threatening, it can lead to serious problems, such as the loss of eyesight.

If you think you have shingles, check with your doctor.

Antiviral Medications
These medicines may slow down the progress of the shingles rash, especially if you take them within the first 72 hours of having symptoms.They can also lower your chance of having complications. Your doctor may prescribe:

Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about side effects to watch for if you’re put on one these.

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Information came from WebMD

When I had the shingles my biggest issue besides the pain was the itching..  Calamine Lotion become my best friend..Hope this has enlightened you about the shingles. If your over 50 and have had the shingles then you can get the shot. I actually had gotten my shot just last year.  I just didn’t want to take the chance anymore that I would get them a 5th time.  That’s right I have had the shingles 4 times already. Once on my lower back in 2001 and three times on my eye lid. once on the left and 2 times on the right.. That is not fun. My eyes swelled up and I couldn’t see for a day.. That was scary plus I had to have help eating, going to the bath room,  getting back in the bed.   So don’t take that chance if you can get  the shot please do so.

Do you know the signs? #chronicpain #shingles Read for more information.

Have You Been Exposed To Toxic Mold?

Mold, so you say I don’t see any mold in my home but do you really know what you are looking at?

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Read this: https://www.kiwiservices.com/angela-says/cleaning-the-shower-curtain/

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You know that pink stuff that just show’s up in your shower?  Yep you got it,  its mold. The bathroom is an extremely problematic area.   So what do you do?

Use the Right Products

There’s no need to buy specialist products to get rid of the mold. Work with vinegar, bleach, alcohol, and even citrus extract first. All these will get into the particles of your windowsills, tiles, and more.

 

 

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You will need to do more than just spray and wipe. Leave the products on for a few minutes and allow them to physically kill off the mold spores. You can then get in with a toothbrush, especially into the smaller areas, to get rid of the remnants of the problem.

Just leaving one spore behind will mean your mold problem returns.

After you’ve cleaned up the mold spores, you’ll need to use vinegar or citrus extract regularly. These will help to kill any new spores that start to form due to the warm and damp area.

Clean the Bathroom Regularly

Don’t just mop the floor. You want to clean the sinks, baths, and basins regularly. Make it part of your weekly chore list. Scrub into the section where the bath/sink join with the wall and don’t forget about where the taps connect to the basins. You want to get rid of any beads of moisture.

Mold can also grow where your soaps and body washes sit. This is because of oils and scum from the bottles drip onto the bath or the stand. Clean the outside of your products and wipe away all the buildup of oils and scum so mold spores don’t have anything to feed on.

Don’t forget about the grate in your showers. This will see a buildup of hair, skin cells, oils, and scum. Remove the grate and regularly clean it. You want to get into the pipes where possible, as mold will build in these sections. Use a vinegar cleanser and pour it down the drains regularly to kill all the mold that grows here. Unfortunately, you can’t stop the mold growth within the drains, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a health problem.

Mold is a very common problem in a lot of households because it grows everywhere and it can cause a variety of health problems. Mold is present under the sink, in the basement, in the shower, in leaking walls, etc. Researchers have found that mold releases millions of spores into the room and can cause winter allergies and asthma attacks.

Don’t forget your drains too.. way down in them pipes is a nightmare.. so clean often too.

There are a number home remedies to kill mold dead in its tract’s.  Mold removal spray ~ 50% white vinegar, 50% distilled water & 1 tsp tea tree essential oil for every cup made. Spray on & leave. (She used 80/20 mix)

You’ll Need:

  • Distilled White Vinegar,  Tea Tree Oil be sure that it’s real pure 100% tea tree essential oil or it may not work. Many store bought oils are not pure – learn more about it here.}
  • Water
  • Empty, Clean Spray Bottle {glass bottle preferably, old apple cider vinegar jars work great}

Instructions:

1. Fill empty spray bottle at least half full with vinegar {if you can stand the vinegar smell, I usually make mine a bit stronger with an 80:20 ratio of vinegar and water instead of 50:50}.

2. Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water, leaving about a 1 inch gap at the top of the bottle.

3. Add drops of essential oil{s} – 1 teaspoon of essential oil for every 1 cup of vinegar/water solution.

How To Use:

  • When ready to use the cleaner, shake vigorously to combine the essential oils throughout the mixture. Spray on surface to clean.
  • To help remove mold – generously spray on showers, shower doors, walls, tubs, etc. and LET SIT as a preventative, do not wipe down. The smell will be strong but it will go away.
  • Tip: Large stores like Target usually carry 1 gallons of white vinegar for around $2-3. This is the best price that I have found for vinegar anywhere.

Note: This homemade anti mold spray is only intended for surface mold on non-porous surfaces. Mold cannot be completely cleaned from porous surfaces like clothing, particle board, mattresses, paper, etc.

If you still find that you’re having trouble cleaning mold in your bathroom, I recommend you seek professional help.  If you need help finding somebody let me know as I know some  mold specialist all over the USA.