Re: [CH] epidermal epistle

Charles Demas (demas@tiac.net)
Sun, 26 Apr 1998 09:43:11 -0400 (EDT)

On Sat, 25 Apr 1998, boz wrote:

> <major snippette>
> Hey, speaking of skin and capsaicin - my mom recently had a bout of
> shingles (viral skin disease) and the doctors told her there was no topical
> treatment to ease the tingling irritation.  Someone else told me that there
> are cap products that can alleviate this.  That's what I suspected, too. 
> Anybody have information on this?
> 
>   Shingles is caused by the herpes simplex virus, the same virus that
> causes "cold sores" and/or "fever blisters" around the mouth.  My secretary
> is punished with these from time to time, and she does the following- cuts
> a raw hab in half and applies the cut pepper directly to the area of
> scourge.  Her eruptions are usually gone within 24 hours, compared to about
> 12-14 days if left untreated.  So, I don't think a little cap cream would
> hurt, if you could stand it.  No medical facts to back this up, just figure
> if it works on the virus on one part of the body, it should work on another
> part of the body.
> 
> the gabacho chile picker             <<<boz>>>

Huh?  

I'm not a doctor, but ...

I thought that shingles was caused by the same thing as chicken pox.

This is from an online dictionary:

|  Main Entry: herpes zoster
|  Pronunciation: -'zs-t&r
|  Function: noun
|  Etymology: New Latin, literally, girdle herpes
|  Date: 1807
|  : an acute viral inflammation of the sensory ganglia of spinal and
|  cranial nerves associated with a vesicular eruption and neuralgic
|  pains and caused by reactivation of the poxvirus causing chicken pox
|  -- called also shingles
                                      
I think you've got some stuff confused, Boz. 

I don't believe that Herpes Simplex and Herpes Zoster are the same.


Chuck Demas
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