By: Terry Graedon July 13, 2017 7 Comments
    Shingles Linked to Risk of Heart Attack

    Recent research from South Korea raises the unsettling prospect that an attack of shingles is not only painful but scary. It could raise the risk of heart attack. What Is Shingles? Shingles, known med…

    By: Joe Graedon August 31, 2015 18 Comments
    Apple Cider Vinegar Soothed Shingles Pain

    Serious suffering may inspire creative experimentation. We are often impressed with the variety of remedies people use to ease shingles pain. If you see a doctor early enough in a shingles attack, sh…

    By: Joe Graedon January 12, 2015 23 Comments
    Using L-Lysine Against Shingles

    Q. My body gives me a warning before an attack of shingles: I get pain on the skin in the area where I had full-blown shingles before. I have found if I take L-lysine as soon as I get that signal, I d…

    By: Joe Graedon August 21, 2014 84 Comments
    Long-Term Benefits of Shingles Vaccine (Zostavax…

    Q. I am totally confused about the shingles vaccine. I was immunized three years ago at a cost of $220. Since I did not have insurance at the time I had to pay for the shot out of pocket. Now I read t…

    By: Joe Graedon December 3, 2012 32 Comments
    Is Shingles Shot Worth It?

    Q. I am 69 and my sister is 71. We don't remember ever having chicken pox. I have asked two doctors if you can get shingles if you never had chicken pox. I got two different answers. The same thing ha…

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2011 185 Comments
    Listerine Helps Ease Shingles Pain

    Shingles is a common affliction that happens to middle-age or older people who had chickenpox as children. The rash, which can be excruciating, is often one-sided because it follows the route of th…

    By: Terry Graedon March 7, 2011 84 Comments
    Many Ways to Fight Shingles Pain

    It's an odd name for a nasty condition: shingles. It has nothing to do with roofing. The Latin name, cingulum, meaning "belt," became "shingles" in early English. The Latin name is a reference to the …

    By: Terry Graedon January 13, 2011 38 Comments
    Shingles Vaccine Helps Older People

    How good is the shingles vaccine? A new study shows that vaccinating healthy older adults makes a significant difference. Shingles is a common and painful skin rash resulting from reactivation of the …

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2010 11 Comments
    Hot Pepper to Ease Pain

    Q. I have diabetes and high blood pressure. My blood sugar is under control with insulin and I am on Diovan for the blood pressure. Over the last few years, I have suffered with numbness and pain in m…