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It is the same virus. If you had chicken pox and the virus reactivates it shows up as shingles. I had shingles a few years ago. Very painful.
 

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No difference just different symptoms. But you can not get shingles unless you've had cp. And if at all possible you don't want the shingles.<br><br>
With natural exposure to cp every so often we all should be resistant to shingles. But they mess with the human body so much that we don't know anymore what's up.<br><br>
But never fear, they are working on a shingles vaccine.
 

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anyone know if shingles is dangerous during pregnancy? wondering because my ds has CP and I am pretty worn out and 13 weeks pregnant. Feeling a bit vulnerable to illness right now.<br>
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<br><i>A person with chickenpox cannot communicate shingles to someone else. In order for people to develop shingles they must already harbor the virus in their nervous system, and for those who do harbor the shingles virus, having contact with someone with chickenpox will not trigger shingles.</i>
 

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Now I have a question... I think I have seen somewhere here that there is a way to stave off shingles - maybe it's in the nutrition thread and about viruses in general?? I need to start files on this stuff so I can keep track of it all! Does anyone know what I might be talking about (I could just be losing my mind overall and imagining things...)?<br><br>
I'm concerned about none of us being exposed to natural CP... I'm not looking forward to getting shingles (and hope I never do!!)....
 

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There is something very simple that helps tremendously with shingles. neat cider vinegar. Spread it over the watery blisters, and the itching goes away very quickly, and most people who use it, it goes away within a week.<br><br>
All pox viruses respond very well to vinegar. They don't like acid, and acid kills them very quickly. EVEN smallpox viruses responded to cider vinegar. Not that you will read about that in many places, if at all.
 

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I'd never be worried about CP or shingles. I'm more afraid of what doctors will try to do for either....
 

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Well, not everyone will contract shingles, right? Keeping healthy, eating right, etc. should help! I think someone also compared it to the herpes virus... I used to get cold sores and (knock on wood) I haven't had one in about three years. I'm hoping I'm done with them for good - but I'm trying to eat properly, cut down on the sugar, etc.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There is something very simple that helps tremendously with shingles. neat cider vinegar. Spread it over the watery blisters, and the itching goes away very quickly, and most people who use it, it goes away within a week.<br><br>
All pox viruses respond very well to vinegar. They don't like acid, and acid kills them very quickly. EVEN smallpox viruses responded to cider vinegar. Not that you will read about that in many places, if at all.</div>
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MT thank you for that pearl of wisdom. I just doused DD's chicken pox spots with raw apple cider vinegar! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
She has had a remarkable easy time of it, no pre-spot fever or sickness, just a bad, bad temper, and she hasn't even felt under the weather with the spots, except for a reduced appetite. I have been giving her a double dose of high vitamin CLO, high vitamin butter oil and lots of vitamin C.<br><br>
DS was exposed at the same time as DD and so far nothing. Maybe he will take after me and not "get" it dispite being exposed countless times. Wishful thinking, maybe <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> .<br><br>
Gosh, I hope I don't get Shingles.....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!">
 

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i had shingles when i was 6mo pregnant. there is nothing to worry about re: the child, as far as i know.<br>
it *was* awful, and painful. the one thing i did learn was that, if i had not been pregnant, the Dr would have given me steroids. apparently that is the treatment of choice. since i was pregnant, he said all i could do was wait it out.<br>
i went home and got out the Prescription For Nutritional Healing and found that olive leaf extract is an anti-viral. so i took that, along with echinacea and garlic, about 4x a day, and i megadosed on vitamin C.<br>
the shingles were gone in about a week or less.<br>
oh, also i took lots and lots of oatmeal baths. i only felt halfway good when i was in the tub with the CVS brand of Aveeno. the rest of the time, my favorite soft sheets felt like razor blades, and i was bottomless for a couple days (the shingles showed up on my right thigh front and back, and buttock).<br>
i wouldn't wish them on anyone!<br>
the major cause of them manifesting is stress. keep calm, ladies! i had had MAJOR stress the previous weekend, including dehydration for which i had to go to the hospital, but luckily not get IV'd.<br><br>
shingles.....yuck. they are survivable, but man, WAY uncomfy.<br><br>
pamela
 

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Thank you all for the excellent info.<br>
MT this is not the first time you have come to my rescue. You were a tremendous help with my 2 ds's whooping cough almost 2 years ago and now I have a plan of attack for CP (ds2 is crusting over and ds 1 is probably incubating as we type). Who would have known about cider vinegar? I faithfully read your wisdom here at mdc. Wish I more vigilantly followed your nutritional advice as surely I would not now find myself feeling immuno-compromised. I do what I can though.<br>
Thanks again.
 
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