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  • When it comes to women’s search for eternal beauty, not much has changed over the last several millennia. Women have always been on the lookout for potions and healing secrets that promise to help preserve and restore their natural youthfulness.

    Of all the famous beauties from the legends of world history, the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, still remains synonymous with alluring and eternal beauty.

    One of Cleopatra’s favorite rejuvenating secrets was to regularly slip into a bath of sour goat’s milk. While this Egyptian beautifying practice may not be particularly appealing (or practical) to the 21st century woman, there is good reason to believe that Cleopatra was getting the right advice from her Egyptian beauty advisor.

    Sour milk contains lactic acid. Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid, slightly weaker than glycolic acid, which is regularly used in superficial chemical peels today. Perhaps Cleopatra was the first woman in history to popularize the skin regenerating benefits of exfoliation.

    If we fast-forward to modern times, the popularity of chemical peels and exfoliation techniques have exploded in popularity over the past two decades. Skin care professionals will usually incorporate some kind of exfoliation process into their basic facial treatments. It may be in the form of a light enzyme peel or mask. It may also take the form of more aggressive exfoliation treatments such as alpha hyrdoxy acids (AHA) peels, retinoids, microdermabrasion or even laser resurfacing.

    All these approaches are using variations on a theme of exfoliation. Initiating a superficial injury and removing the outer most layers of the skin will speed up cell turnover rate. This causes new collagen to be produced as a part of the body’s natural healing response.

    This result produces a plumping and tightening effect on the skin, softening of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, an improvement in the appearance of scars and an evening out of pigment issues.

    This has been considered the gospel for skin rejuvenation for almost 20 years. After all, if it was good enough for Cleopatra, then it must be good enough for us, right? Well, not exactly. More advanced skin research has revealed that there is more to this story.

    Rethinking Exfoliation
    It now appears that regularly exfoliating the epidermis with acidic peels, microdermabrasion, lasers, or any other type of aggressive exfoliating methods may actually have the opposite effect of what was intended. If not done properly, such techniques may actually have the opposite effect and actually contribute to aging the skin.

    The purpose for chemical peeling and exfoliation is to generate new skin cells. This occurs by first destroying the outer damaged layers of the skin to remove old, dry, dead skin cells. This irritation results in inflammation which then supposedly induces new collagen production.

    Any injury or skin procedure (including exfoliating scrubs, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and microdermabrasion), which removes the stratum corneum, the first layer of your skin causes micro-tears. This will, in turn, compromise the integrity of the natural protective barrier. Without an intact skin barrier, the skin may be more vulnerable to infection from bacteria, viruses and molds.

    Whenever there is a breach to the skin’s natural barrier function, the skin is at risk. Various conditions can impair the protective barrier such as severe dry and scaly skin; chapping of the hands from abrasive detergents or irritants; increased inflammatory factors associated with skin diseases such as acne, psoriasis and eczema; and sunburn, windburn or minor skin abrasions.

    In order to achieve optimal results from any type of exfoliation treatment, the skin must always be protected. Facilitating the healing and repair of the skin’s barrier function, calming inflammation and guarding against any sort of infection are all necessary for lasting skin rejuvenation.

    The Silver Solution Dating back thousands of years, there was one healing approach that had been widely used in Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Phoenician, Macedonian and Chinese civilizations. This powerful healing medicine was based upon the use of silver.

    Hippocrates, the “father of medicine,” wrote in his medical texts 2500 years ago that silver had beneficial healing and anti-disease properties. He praised silver for its tissue repair and wound healing abilities. Silver not only bestows powerful anti-microbial effects it is also nature’s powerful antibiotic, eliminating bacterial infections without initiating resistance. In addition it is proven to kill virtually all forms of viruses, fungi, and molds without any side effects.

    Thanks to an advanced 21st century technology, a more potent form of silver is now available in the form of a patented nano-silver technology by American Biotech Labs (U.S. Patent 7,135,195). This new form of silver is called Silver Sol Technology™.

    Traditional silver products, such as colloidal forms, work by chemical action, requiring direct contact with microbes to have any positive effect. Silver Sol Technology works by multi-modes of action. One such mode is by a catalytic action, rather than by a chemical action. This catalytic conversion allows the Silver Sol to first destroy pathogens and then to instantaneously recharge and “kill” again and again — like a rapid-fire machine gun, which make this nano-silver form more effective than other forms of silver.

    Silver Sol Technology is available both as a colorless, odorless, tasteless liquid and as a gel, called ASAP gel. Both forms can safely be used orally and topically. These nanosilver products are truly impressive. First of all, they have a broad-spectrum antimicrobial action. They effectively kill all pathogenic bacteria they come in contact, even the deadly Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), while leaving beneficial bacteria unscathed.

    Silver Sol has the ability to inactivate all kinds of viruses at the DNA/RNA level, thus preventing viral replication. It wields the same powerful anti-pathogenic ability with fungus and molds. The good news is that it does not interact with pharmaceuticals In fact, has been found to work synergistically with many medications.

    Just how effective is Silver Sol? Research shows that it will kill all forms of pathogens (including fungus and mold) within minutes. Silver Sol exhibits an extraordinary ability to eliminate bacteria, viruses, molds and fungi as well as enhance the immune system and provide rapid wound healing from infections and burns. As our modern world becomes more antibiotic resistant, the Silver Sol products are the safest and most effective solutions to help combat all kinds of pathogens that are found within our bodies and in the environment.

    There is now one more important use for the Silver Sol products. By integrating them into skin care treatments, they profoundly help to protect and repair the skin.

    Protect, Repair and Renew the Skin with Silver Sol
    Silver Sol gel and liquid have a unique mechanism of action that promotes skin healing by preventing infection, calming inflammation, and promoting stem cell release and activation. It will help to heal any abrasion or micro-tears to the skin.

    Another really big plus for using ASAP gel is its ability to reduce scarring! Because it is so effective in killing all pathogens, the skin is able to quickly heal and with minimal scarring.

    When it comes to skin rejuvenation, Mary Schook, makeup artist-turned-skincare sensation, of M.S. Apothecary in New York City is a renowned beauty expert. Mary is always on the lookout for the best natural products for skin rejuvenation. As an aesthetician, she has been concerned about the risks associated with exfoliation techniques, especially from infection and inflammation due to barrier disruption.

    Since discovering the Silver Sol products, she found the solution she was looking for. The Silver Sol liquid and gel have become an integral part of her skin care treatments.

    She always uses the ASAP gel as a precursor to any treatment she may be doing where she is compromising the skin’s barrier protection. The gel is also her secret weapon to calm redness from inflammation. She is adamant the ASAP gel should be used before and after all treatments. In fact she always gives a tube of the gel to every client as they leave her salon.

    Mary is a big fan of the Silver Sol products because they offer a myriad of ways for enhancing her treatments. “It is my first-line of defense for both practitioner and client from exposure to viruses and bacteria. I also use the gel as hand sanitizer, which kills all bacteria for up to four hours. I also use the gel before and after all treatments. Since using the gel, my patients have never had any skin irritation or breakouts.

    It is so much more effective and safe than any other product on the market. I can’t do without the ASAP gel. It’s really the only product that I have ever come across that does everything: protects me and my patients from any exposure to bacteria or viruses in a session and does such a fantastic job of protecting the skin, calming inflammation and even helping to heal breakouts and acne.

    There are many conditions that will benefit from use of the Silver Sol products. The gel can be applied topically and the liquid can be sprayed directly onto the skin. The gel and liquid are totally non-toxic, tasteless, and odorless and do not burn or sting.”

    Utilizing the Silver Sol Solution for Skin Rejuvenation
    The Silver Sol Technology provides an extraordinary ability to eliminate the risk of infection from bacteria, viruses, molds, and yeast plus enhance the immune system.

    Their long list of benefits is truly impressive: they provide rapid wound healing, reduce inflammation, and prevent scarring. It is recognized as one of the safest and most effective solutions for skin health and skin rejuvenation.

    The Silver Sol gel and liquid can be used for a myriad of skin conditions.

    Acne — Take two teaspoons of Silver Sol liquid twice a day. ASAP gel should also be applied topically twice a day. A reduction in the size of the acne breakouts can occur within 24 hours. Total improvement of the skins should take about four weeks — the amount of time necessary for new skin to grow from the bottom to the top layer.

    Age Spots — Taking two teaspoons of the Silver Sol liquid twice daily on a regular basis will help support the liver and also improve liver enzyme production. Apply ASAP gel on age spots two to four times a day.

    Burns and Sunburn — Apply ASAP gel immediately to reduce inflammation, protect against infections and facilitate rapid wound healing. The Silver Sol liquid can also be sprayed on the affected areas.

    Cuts, Abrasions, Chafing and Insect Bites — Immediately apply the ASAP gel to reduce inflammation, redness, protect against infections and promote healing.

    Facial Treatments — apply ASAP gel before and after any treatment that punctures the skin i.e. dermarolling, extractions, chemical peels, microderabrasion, acupuncture, Botox and filler treatments, etc.

    Peeling and Flaking — treatments such as Retin-A often results in drying, flaking and peeling of the skin. Applying ASAP gel will help to moisturize, heal and reduce the inflammation of the skin.

    Pimples — apply ASAP gel directly to the pimple or skin eruption 2–4 times a day. You can also spray the Silver Sol liquid on the affected area.

    Shaving — ASAP gel is also a great after-shave product to eliminate chafing, redness and to heal razor nicks. Silver Sol — Your new best friend for skin health.

    While Cleopatra might have had an endless supply of sour goat’s milk, the modern woman has many skin rejuvenating options to enhance her natural beauty. The Silver Sol products are now taking their rightful place as a necessary compliment to any skin care program to help reverse, prevent and minimize visible skin aging.

    The Silver Sol liquid and ASAP gel provide a safe and effective way to protect the skin from all forms of pathogenic infection, heal red, chaffed and inflamed skin and eliminate the risk of scarring.

    Love your skin. Love your Silver Sol!

  • American Biotech Labs Silver Gel 4oz is available on

    One of our favorite applications for Silver Biotics Silver Gel is to use it on our hands when we are at busy shows shaking hands. Silver Gel offers hours of protection from constant hand grasping. It's also fantastic for sun burns as we discovered last winter in Costa Rica. See Dr. Sherrill Sellman's interview below to learn a lot more about the benefits of Silver Biotics technology for women's health.

    It should also be in the kit of every cyclist. If you've ever had road rash you know why you need something that offers strong anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties to avoid infection. As a cyclist who has recovered from a serious loss of skin from a bike accident using Silver Biotics products I can't say enough positive things about them. Silver Gel and Armor Gel are the best.

    SilverBiotics™ Silver Gel is formulated using a unique and patented 20 ppm SilverSol® Technology solution. This silver gel is the ideal choice for almost any cosmetic use. With it's powerful 20 ppm SilverSol® gel formula, your skin will immediately benefit from its many unique properties. Not only does it help hydrate and rejuvenate the skin, but more importantly, it helps to promote natural healing. Your skin is exposed to more damage than you may realize, and sadly, much of it is unavoidable. Use SilverBiotics™ Silver Gel everyday to give your skin the upper hand, and join the thousands of individuals who have already come to love the rejuvenating benefits of SilverBiotics™ Silver Gel.

    The product is currently being used by thousands of men and women to help soothe and renew skin all over the body. It has become a necessary ingredient for daily skin care routines, as it helps naturally make the skin feel noticeably softer. The simple fact that this product works is why it is becoming a top choice in skin care worldwide.

    Our favorite women's health author Dr. Sherrill Sellman has a lot to say about the tremendous benefits of Silver Biotics Silver Gel and the silver line of products.

    Here's an interview with Dr. Sellman on women's health and the benefits of Silver Biotics Silver Gel Protect, Heal, and Restore Vaginal Health

    American Biotech Labs Silver Gel 4oz is available on

    Silver Biotics Silver Gel is now available in most Rite Aid pharmacies.

  • By understanding the role of your skin, as the largest organ of absorption and elimination, you have a first line of defense against factors that most profoundly influence its condition – from sun exposure, nutrition and hydration to internal and external skin stressors – you can optimize the health, look and feel of the skin you’re in, and also reap whole-body health benefits in the bargain.

    If skin were merely a sausage casing for the rest of you, it wouldn’t be nearly so useful. An organ itself (your body’s largest in terms of both weight and surface area); skin protects against invasive bacteria, regulates body temperature, and picks up information from the stimulation of touch, pressure, pain, heat, and cold. Little wonder, then, that when there’s something wrong with you on the inside, your skin sometimes sends up the first warning flare. Not paying attention to skin signals is likened to ignoring the warning light on the dashboard of your car.

    The skin is so vital that it is known as the third lung in Chinese herbal medicine. Skin care begins from the inside out – all the expensive natural or synthetic products cannot make your skin glow if you are: stressed, constipated, invaded by yeast overgrowth, consuming junk food, sleep-deprived, exposed to environmental toxins, and live a sedentary lifestyle. Stress ages and depletes vitality and combined with a negative consciousness secretes toxins.

    Did you know that each of us is covered in approximately twelve pounds of skin? Skin, after all, is where we literally meet the world – the interface between our body and its surroundings. Our skin is both the face we show the world and our most intimate means of physical connection and manifestation of inward health.

    It is imperative that we provide our skin, and our body, a nourishing diet with adequate hydration, appropriate exercise, good stress management, periodic detoxification protocols to reduce our overall body burden, and high-quality sleep. When these protocols are practiced, you’ve providing a solid foundation for the systems that help build, nourish, protect and repair your skin. But when it comes to understanding the messages your skin is sending, you’ll also want to keep the following key stressors and solutions in mind:

    10 Things Your Skin Says about Your Health

    Diabetes, for example, is generally a silent disease, but it can lead to distinct changes manifested in the skin. The skin may in fact be the first indicator of what’s happening,” notes dermatologist Amy Newburger, MD, of Scarsdale, New York, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology.

    The following are a summary of Dr. Newburger’s explanations for ten dermatologic oddities worth watching for in yourself or someone you love.

    1. Red flag: Yellowish skin, orange palms and soles

    What it means: The yellow skin hue shown in the photo is Carotenemia, the result of an underactive thyroid gland — hypothyroidism — which causes increased levels of beta-carotene in the blood. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant, found in fruits and vegetables, which normally get processed by the thyroid. When there’s a thyroid disorder, the gland doesn’t metabolize the vitamins as quickly, so beta-carotene accumulates. You can also get Technicolor skin due to beta-carotene buildup thanks to a diet heavy on carrots, carrot juice, sweet potatoes, and squash.

    More clues: The skin of someone with hypothyroidism also tends to be dry and cold, and sometimes more pale than yellowed. Feeling tired, sluggish, weak, or achy are the main symptoms, along with possible unexplained weight gain. Women over 50 most often develop hypothyroidism.

    What to do: Carotenemia caused by a skewed diet isn’t serious and resolves itself when a broader range of foods is consumed. Hypothyroidism, however, is a medical condition that can lead to such complications as heart problems, so a combination of skin changes plus fatigue warrants attention from a health care professional.

    2. Red flag: Breaking out in hives in the sun

    What it means: Being truly allergic to the sun is pretty rare (although this kind of immune system response can happen in some people). A more likely explanation for going outside on a sunny day and coming back with an itchy rash that looks like hives or eczema is having taken a photo-sensitizing drug or supplement. A chemical in the medication causes changes that increase the person’s sensitivity to light.

    “It’s common in the Northeast to have no problem all winter long, and as soon as the weather gets nice and folks are outside less bundled up, the rash appears,” says Newburger

    More clues: The rash is limited to sun-exposed areas, including the forearms, the neck, and, less commonly, the face. It can feel worse and last longer than a sunburn. It doesn’t matter whether you’re fair-skinned or dark-skinned; anyone can have a photo-reaction. One of the most common drug culprits: thiazide diuretics (Hydrodiuril, Dyazide), which are a first-line treatment for hypertension. Other meds that can produce this effect include antihistamines, excessive vitamin D, tetracycline, the anti-aging and anti-acne drug tretinoin, and tricyclic antidepressants – two different people can react quite differently to the same drug, or you may have no reaction one time but a severe reaction later.

    What to do: Check the labels of your prescription medications. Look for phrases such as “May cause chemical photosensitivity.” Use a high-SPF sunscreen or sun block but know that this may not prevent the rash; the best advice is to wear sunglasses and a broad-rimmed hat, cover the skin, and limit sun exposure. Tell your doctor, too; a switch in medicines or supplements, or changing the dosage may prevent further rashes.

    3. Red flag: Long dark lines in the palm

    What it means: A palm-reading mystic might have her own interpretation, but to a physician, a deepening of the pigment in the creases of the palms or soles is a symptom of adrenal insufficiency, an endocrine disorder. Also known as Addison’s disease, the name comes from its discoverer, physician Thomas Addison, or rather its two most famous victims, President John F. Kennedy and — it’s thought — the writer Jane Austen.

    More clues: Hyper-pigmentation may also be visible around other skin folds, scars, lips, and pressure points (knees, knuckles). Addison’s sufferers have low blood pressure, which falls further when the person stands. Salt loss can lead to a craving for salty food. The disease affects men and women equally but is found most commonly between ages 30 and 50.

    What to do: It’s important to mention this visible symptom to a doctor, as skin changes may be the first symptoms seen before an acute attack (pain, vomiting, dehydration, and loss of consciousness, a cascade known as an Addisonian crisis). Lab tests to measure cortisol (which is produced by the adrenal gland) provide a diagnosis.

    4. Red flag: Large, dusky blue leg veins

    What it means: Some of your veins are no longer working properly when you see ropy, blue-to-purple lines snaking up your legs. Venous disease — a.k.a. varicose veins — can be a mere cosmetic annoyance or can cause pain, cramping, and difficulty walking. Veins rely on one-way valves, like shutters, to keep blood circulating; when they stop working, blood leaks back into the vein and pools there.

    More clues: Varicose veins are sometimes mistaken for spider veins, a web-like network of smaller blue or red veins closer to the skin’s surface. Varicose veins tend to be larger, darker, and sometimes raised, with a twisted appearance. (The name comes from the Latin varix, or “twisted.”) Half of all people over age 50 have varicose veins, especially women – first appearing in pregnancy.

    What to do: Exercise, compression stockings, and avoiding constricting postures (like crossing your legs when seated) can help ease discomfort, but they won’t make varicose veins disappear. Not all faulty veins cause problems. However, if the veins cause pain or become warm and tender to the touch, contact your physician – severe venous insufficiency can lead to dangerous blood clots. Treatments with good success rates include sclerotherapy (injecting a solution to shut the vein) and surgery — also options if you just can’t bear how your legs look at the beach.

    5. Red flag: Brownish spots on the shins?

    What it means: The fronts of the legs along the shins tend to bang and bump into things a lot. For someone with diabetes, the damage to the capillaries and small blood vessels that are characteristic of the disease will cause them to leak when traumatized, leading to brown discoloration known as diabetic dermopathy.

    More clues: The brownish patches may also be rough, almost scaly (although they don’t open up), and tend to form ovals or circles. They don’t hurt. Another common skin change of diabetes to look for: An open, unhealed sore on the foot. Diabetics lose the perception of pain, temperature, and touch on their feet, making them unlikely to notice common foot blisters — which then go untreated and may become infected.

    What to do: There’s no health danger from diabetic dermopathy, and no need for treatment. But if someone who hasn’t been diagnosed with diabetes shows these signs, it is worth checking for other signs of diabetes, such as thirst, excessive urination, tiredness, or blurry vision.

    6. Red flag: Persistent rash that you want to scratch raw?

    What it means: Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) — clusters of small, ferociously itchy blisters that show up repeatedly in the forearms near the elbows, the knees, the buttocks, the back, or the face or scalp — are a hallmark of celiac disease, or an allergy to gluten – one in four people with celiac disease have DH.

    More clues: The rash appears on both sides of the body – itching and burning are so intense you can hardly quit scratching. People with DH don’t usually have the digestive symptoms of celiac disease, but they’re intolerant of gluten just the same. DH often shows up between ages 30 and 40, and most often in people of northern European heritage.

    What to do: Report the rashes to your regular doctor or a doctor who specializes in skin disorders to evaluate and rule out other causes. Blood tests and a biopsy of tissue from the small intestine are used to diagnose DH. A gluten-free diet for life is usually advised to keep symptoms at bay; this includes banishing foods, beverages, and medications that contain wheat, barley, rye, and sometimes oats. Drugs may be needed at first to help control the rashes and regain quality of life before natural remedies will be effective.

    7. Red flag: Purple stains or splotches?

    What it means: What looks a bit like a bruise, is often mistaken for a bruise, but tends to hang around longer because it’s not exactly a bruise? Purpura (from the Latin for “purple”), or leaking blood vessels under the skin. It has several possible causes, ranging from a bleeding disorder to scurvy (vitamin C deficiency). But in adults over age 65, in whom it’s common, the main explanation is thin skin, often made even more fragile by years of sun damage and weakened blood vessels – known by the unfortunate name of senile purpura.

    “A substantial excessive intake of aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, vitamin E, or the herb ginkgo biloba, which older adults often take to boost memory, can worsen the condition,” says dermatologist Newburger. Additionally, blood thinners, such as coumadin, alcohol, and steroids can cause or contribute to this condition.

    More clues: A classic bruise tends to turn black and blue following an injury. With purpura, in contrast, there doesn’t need to be any trauma; the discoloration starts as red and turns purple, persisting longer than a bruise before fading or remaining brownish. The purple skin doesn’t blanch (fade or lose color) when you press it. Purpura can cover large patches of skin or show up as small purple speckles called petechiae. No matter what the size, the purple areas are most common on the forearms, legs, and backs of the hands.

    What to do: Extensive or persistent bruises should always be evaluated by a physician, as should someone who seems to bruise easily. It’s important to rule out underlying causes such as a bleeding disorder.

    8. Red flag: Intense itchiness without rash?

    What it means: Feeling itchy in more than one specific spot can have many causes, but when there’s no accompanying visible skin change, it may be pruritis, one of the first symptoms of lymphoma (cancer of the lymph system). In fact, it’s known as the “Hodgkin itch” (the two main types of lymphoma being Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma).

    More clues: The itchiness is more intense than that caused by ordinary dry skin. It can be felt generally or, most commonly, in the lower legs. Less often, the skin also looks reddish and inflamed. Another common symptom of both Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, collarbone, or groin. Note that lymph nodes can swell because of common infections as well, including infections within the mouth.

    What to do: Report persistent, intense itching to your doctor.

    9. Red flag: Pallor, especially with blue-tinged nails?

    What it means: Severe anemia, a blood disorder, can show up as pasty, paler-than-usual skin on the face and palms. Anemia can be the result of iron deficiency, chronic blood loss from bowel disease, or ulcer disease, among other reasons. Iron-deficient anemia is sometimes seen in people over age 70, who may no longer prepare nutritious meals or have interest in eating them because of depression or other health problems.

    More clues: Unlike merely having a pale complexion, the pallor of anemia tends to affect the usually-reddish tissues of the mouth, gums, and lips, too. Look for nail beds to be very pale, almost bluish. Other symptoms include being quick to tire, headaches, dizziness, and shortness of breath.

    What to do: Consult a nutritionist or nutritionally-aware physician. Over-the-counter or prescription iron supplements usually correct anemia caused by a nutritional deficiency. It helps to eat more iron-rich foods (red meat, egg yolks, dark leafy green vegetables, dried fruit without sulfites), especially in tandem with vitamin C (as in orange juice) for best iron absorption. Cooking in an all iron skillet adds iron, too.

    10. Red flag: Tingling skin followed by a rash on only one side of the face or body?

    What it means: An often painful condition called shingles (herpes zoster) announces itself in this distinctive way. Shingles is caused by the same virus that gives people chicken pox. In eight out of ten people who get chicken pox, the virus retreats to the body’s sensory nerves and stays there. But stress, infection, certain medications (such as those used in chemotherapy and after transplants), or an aging immune system can reactivate the virus years later, producing shingles.

    More clues: A burning sensation and sensitivity to touch often precede the shingles rash by days or weeks – in some lucky people, the pain may be mild. The rash itself first looks like raised red bumps, not unlike chicken pox, appearing in a band or strip on the trunk, legs, face, neck — but only on the left or the right side. Within a few days, the bumps turn into fluid-filled pustules, which crust over a week to ten days later.

    What to do: See a health professional as soon as you feel the pain, especially if you suspect you’re in a high-risk group. Starting antiviral medication within 72 hours of the rash’s appearance can reduce the severity of the disease and lower your odds of developing a complication called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). In PHN, the searing pain of shingles can continue for weeks, months, or even years. People older than age 70 are most likely to develop PHN, but anyone can. Nutraceuticals available from a naturopath or natural health professional are very effective for those not choosing to use prescription medications which are somewhat effective but can also carry side-effects.