A Kaiser Permanente study which had involved 300,00 older American GP patients had signified that vaccinating eligible people could stop tens of thousands of cases of shingles in the United States. The study had revealed a 55% decrease in the risk for the development of shingles.
Dr. Hung Fu Tseng research scientist with Kaiser in the Department of Research and Evaluation in Pasadena, California, had led the study which you can read online in today’s issue of JAMA.
Their data supports the CDC’s recommendation that the vaccine be offered to all eligible patients that include seniors over 75 years.
Dr. Tseng has released to the media the following information:
The study had demonstrated the vaccine holds the possibility to prevent tens of thousands of shingle cases, which is a painful long-lasting disease.
They are advocating the clinicians adhere to recommendations of the CDC and discuss with their patients about the option of vaccination to prevent this disease.
Shingles (herpes zoster) is caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster) which remains inactive in the nervous system after a person has recovered from chickenpox but then it erupts again usually several years later. It is a painful rash on the skin with blisters that is usually on one side of the body.
Over one million cases of shingles occur every year in the United States. This condition usually involves many older people as immunity against the virus decreases. However, it can also strike people who are under sever stress or have a weakened immune system. This condition can endure for months or years and critically impair quality of life. It also could damage nerves.
The vaccine has shown effectiveness against shingles in clinical trials but has not been tested under every day conditions such as in general practice.
For the study, Dr. Tseng and associates used electronic health records. Researchers compared the occurrence of shingles among a diverse populace of 75,761 vaccinated and 227,283 non-vaccinated men and women aged 60 and older who were members of Kaiser between 2007 and 2009 in Southern California. The participants were community-dwelling, immune systems were healthy, and those who had been vaccinated received the vaccine in a general practice setting.
The findings had revealed a major decrease risk of shingles across all sub-groups. This had included healthy patients and those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart, lung or kidney disease.
These findings also stayed the same when researchers took into account differences in gender, race, chronic disease and prior use.
The vaccine has been recently licensed. Endurance of its protection requires further evaluation in future studies. In the mean time, this vaccine does hold the possibility to yearly prevention of tens of thousands of cases of herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia nationally. To date absorption of the vaccine has been poor due to weakness in the adult vaccine structure and due to critical barricades to the vaccine among clinicians and patients. Answers to these challenges need to be found so that those people who are looking to receive the vaccine will be able to decrease their risk from this serious condition.
Medications in which are prescribed for shingles are to reduce the inflammation and decrease pain.
There are some alternative treatments to make enduring this painful disease easier.
Getting regular chiropractic adjustments aides in balancing stress on the nervous system. By reducing the stress it will aide in stopping shingles outbreaks and aide the body to heal faster if an outbreak should occur. Chiropractors who work on the upper cervical spine are a good choice.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs
Chinese medicine can be very helpful for shingles and could aide in early intervention of advanced cases.
Long Dan Xie Gan Wan is just on herbal formula used and could be effective on the early onset of shingles.
Acupuncture points include GB30 and 31. Also, ear points can be used.
Several herbs and combinations are helpful in the treatment of shingles.
Lemon Balm: Make a cup of tea using two teaspoons of the dried leaf. Using a cotton ball, apply the tea to the rash several times throughout the day.
Red Pepper contains capsaicin which will block pain signals from nerves under the skin. You can find it in commercial creams like Caspzasin-P.
Colloidal oatmeal powder when dusted on infected part will decrease the pain from contact from clothes by acting as a dry lubricant.
An herbologist can aide you further for herbal remedies and shingles.
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