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Shingles outbreak length and frequency is something that many people are curious about, especially when they suspect that they have shingles. I was one of those people many years ago in my 20's when I started having shingles outbreaks. I didn't know what they were, but I knew that they were painful and itched like crazy.  I also knew that they were ugly and I was ashamed to let anyone see them. I hid my body during shingles breakouts even from my boyfriend. Finally, I went to a dermatologist who told me that the itchy sores were shingles blisters. I couldn't believe it, I thought shingles was for old people and I was only in my 20's!

The good news is that my shingles breakouts these days don't last as long and they aren't nearly as frequent. This is due to knowing how to manage them as well as know what triggers them. Believe it or not, you can manage shingles outbreak length and frequency. If you're willing to make some changes in lifestyle you can practically cure shingles so that outbreaks will be very seldom and not last nearly as long.

If you want to know the precise length and frequency of shingles outbreaks you may be disappointed because each person's immune system is different and the health of a person's immune system is a major factor. This is why a healthy lifestyle is essential to controlling shingles outbreaks. If you're the type who parties and abuses the body with alcohol, cigarettes, junk foods and other goodies you will have shingles outbreaks more often and they will last longer. How do I know this? Take a wild guess! That's right, I used to do it myself and so I speak from experience.

I know this is bad news for those who aren't ready to do what it takes to shorten the length and frequency of shingles outbreaks. For those who are ready you're about to find out exactly what to do. For starters you can begin to cut back on the sugar, caffeine, alcohol, drugs and stress. The goal is to completely nix ones that are your shingles breakout triggers. We all have our own triggers and it is up to you to figure out which ones cause your shingles outbreaks.

For me, its stress, when I get really upset the next thing I know I have an outbreak. So, I make it a point to not be around people or places that make me crazy. I also have to get enough sleep and not overwork to the point where my body feels fatigued. These are things you will learn when you pay attention and think back about what you did, ate or drank just prior to a shingles outbreak.

A balanced lifestyle is the best way to prevent shingles breakouts. Yes, there will be times that the immune system gets weak even when you're doing all you can, but those times will be far and few between. You can't abuse the body, mind or emotions as this can cause shingles breakouts to appear more often and last longer. Nobody in their right mind who has experienced painful shingles blisters wants this to happen, so it's better to be safe than sorry.

Shingles Outbreaks Tips

There are things that you learn after 40 years or more of shingles outbreaks that will help shorten the length of time they last. One thing I do that many people are not willing to do is I bust the blisters by scrubbing them with a rough wash cloth and soap. It is painful when I am doing it, but this dries them up and as a result they scab up and disappear rather quickly.

Another tip is to apply calamine lotion with a Q-tip before blisters appear when they're at their itchy stage in the very beginning. This will start to dry them up immediately and keeps blisters from being so painful to the touch. Calamine lotion has saved me much pain.

Never make skin to skin contact when scratching shingles blisters or you can spread them. Wear gloves or use some type of material between you and them to relieve itching. 

Do not take a bath in hot water as this irritates shingles. It is much better to take a shower and not allow shingles sores to soak in water. Use only cool water to wash them.

On the other hand, cold water and ice is soothing to hot shingles blisters. Before I learned better than to make skin on skin contact I sometimes felt the blisters to see how hot they were and they were pretty darn hot. It was then that I began to use cold cloths to ease the pain.

Lysine is an amino acid that can also help prevent shingles breakouts. You can consume Lysine in foods or take Lysine supplements. Some foods that contain Lysine are legumes, eggs, cheese and milk. If you choose supplements 1,000 milligrams a day will do.

When it comes to shingles outbreak length and frequency it boils down to what you are willing to do to improve the immune system on a daily basis. It's not about age, because I am now 60 and only have shingles outbreaks about twice a year as compared to my 20's when I had them at least once a month. Take it from someone who knows, it's all about living a healthy lifestyle.

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