Changes to our lifestyle can help prevent shingles, among many other illnesses, as well as manage it. One publication suggests that natural fibre clothing can help reduce skin sensitivity and that cold packs can provide short term relief.
There are many studies that look at the effects of diet on our immune system, and how we can try to prevent the risk of viruses such as shingles. One study we looked at found a strong association between the lower fruit intake than that of a control group, and the increase of the risk of shingles. It concluded that nutrients found in fruit and vegetables may act together to maintain immune health and therefore prevent shingles.
Arginine and Lysine can affect many herpes viruses. A diet that is low in arginine and high in Lysine is worth trying to help the body clear shingles more quickly.
Good foods high in Lysine: Foods rich in protein are good sources of lysine. That includes meat (specifically red meat, pork, and poultry), cheese (particularly parmesan), certain fish (such as cod and sardines), eggs, soybeans (particularly tofu, isolated soy protein, and defatted soybean flour), spirulina, and fenugreek seed. Brewer's yeast, beans and other legumes, and dairy products also contain lysine. Many nuts also contain lysine along with arginine (lysine counteracts some of the effects of arginine).
Bad foods high in Arginine: Chocolate, nuts, seeds, shell type seafood such as oysters and crab, oats, barley, wheat and most other grains, many fruits and berries including grapes, grapefruit and oranges, many vegetables are ok, however onions, peas, brussel sprouts, and squash are high in arginine.