Top 5 Remedies to Treat Shingles on the Back

Some believe that certain foods and drinks can help boost the immune system and relieve back herpes.
Top 5 Remedies to Treat Shingles on the Back
Nelton Abdon Ramos Rojas

Written and verified by the doctor Nelton Abdon Ramos Rojas.

Last update: 12 August, 2022

Shingles on the back aren’t only an aesthetic problem. In fact, this condition can have different causes and symptoms depending on the specific virus responsible for it. Thus, you must find out the type of herpes you have and treat it as soon as possible. 

Some at the grassroots sector consider certain natural remedies effective against the discomfort caused by shingles on the back. Some of them include brewer’s yeast, aloe vera, and propolis.

More about shingles on the back

back herpes
Herpes zoster or shingles is an infection that causes a painful rash of fluid-filled blisters. This can cause other discomforts such as pain, itching, etc.

Herpes is an infectious disease caused by a virus. It is considered a chronic pathology, since this virus remains in our body and triggers outbreaks according to different factors.

The symptoms, the affected area, and the severity also vary according to the type of virus, which can be simple or zoster.

Both back herpes and any other variant appear in our body when your immune system is weak.

When it comes to treatment, Sociedad Española de Medicina Interna points out that: 

  • It’s not possible to eliminate the herpes zoster virus from the body through any form of treatment. However, certain medications can relieve or reduce the symptoms for faster recovery.
  • Topical treatment on skin lesions can speed up the scabbing process and prevent discomfort and superinfections. Diluted zinc sulfate is best for this purpose.

Natural remedies for shingles on the back

Below we’ll share some of these remedies. However, we want to be clear in that these remedies should never replace medical treatment.

Remember that, although common, natural remedies aren’t always the most effective in all cases. Additionally, you must keep in mind that, if the doctor authorized its use, then the remedy could become a complement to treatment, within a healthy lifestyle.

According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the home remedies that can help get relief is the application of cold compresses on the blisters. They also indicate that, instead of applying compresses, you could take cold baths.

1. Echinacea

Echinacea is a plant with several attributes. It’s been used topically for treating ulcers, sores, and other conditions, such as back herpes. 

Although there’s no scientific evidence of its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties of echinacea, some scientists think it has potential. However, they point out that it’s important to continue investigating and stay up to date.

Some believe an echinacea infusion can help “strengthen” the immune system and contribute to the treatment of the infection.

Others drink said infusion to relieve back herpes. However, there’s no proof that this beverage is responsible for any type of improvement.

A study published in 2010 concluded that some compounds in echinacea may be helpful in treating patients who have recurrent cold sores.

2. Brewer’s yeast

This substance contains lysine, one of the ten essential amino acids for humans. It’s also made up of other important nutrients, such as:

  • Minerals and trace elements (such as selenium and chromium)
  • Vitamins of the complex B like folic acid, biotin, and pantothenate
  • Glutathione
  • Fiber

Because of its lysine content, brewer’s yeast could help fight a herpes infection. For this reason, it’s recommended to add this food to one’s diet in order to benefit from all its properties and additionally, reinforce the immune system.

* Consult with your doctor before starting to consume brewers yeast in tablets or other similar forms.

3. Garlic

garlic for treating herpes

Some people believe that garlic is a natural antibiotic due to its allicin content. Thsu, they also believe it can help reverse infections. However, there’s no proof that the consumption of garlic can provide such benefits.

Still, many people consume it regularly in their diet. Some even crush it and apply it as a poultice on wounds. However, dermatologists warn that this can irritate and worsen the condition.

4. Propolis

Another substance that many people consider a possible natural antibiotic is propolis. However, there’s no evidence sustaining this application or the claim that it can significantly contribute to the treatment of shingles on the back or any other infection.

Propolis for shingles on the back.

5. Aloe vera

As it’s often attributed to having healing and anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera is often recommended as a natural remedy for blisters caused by shingles on the back.

Furthermore, dermatologists don’t recommend using aloe vera in this way, as it can backfire. If you want to use it (or other remedies), run it by your doctor first.

Final note about shingles on the back

To treat back herpes properly, the best thing you can do is consult a doctor and follow their instructions. Additionally, maintain good lifestyle habits as these can contribute a lot to your health even if you’re healthy.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.