A rash around the waist, or herpes zoster, is an inflammation of the nerve due to the zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox. The infection is caused by immune weakness due to physical or mental trauma.

Herpes zoster is the result of reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, with painful blisters breaking out on the skin of one side of the face or body. When a person is first infected with this virus, chickenpox occurs, which mainly occurs in childhood. Zoster is caused by reactivation of a latent virus in people who have had chickenpox. Manifested in the form of clustered blisters on the skin that extend along the course of the spinal nerves, it may be accompanied by enlargement of nearby lymph nodes.

It usually affects the torso area unilaterally, but can occur on the face, neck and lower body. Manifestations in the oral cavity, also limited to one half of the mouth or tongue, may also occur. This infection is typically started with a general feeling of weakness followed by mild fever and burning and pain on one side of the body. Within a few days, a rash appears on the same part of the body, along the affected nerve, and small, fluid-filled blisters erupt. They usually occur on the chest, abdomen, back or face, but can also affect the neck, limbs or lower back. The affected area can be very painful, tender and itchy. After one to two weeks, blisters pass and scabs form, but pain may still be present. If the deep pain persists after the skin changes have passed, it is postherpetic neuralgia. It can last for months, even years, especially in older people.

This type of rash is not a harmless disease, so it is advisable to seek medical help. First of all, it is necessary to coat the blisters at an early stage with antiseptic ointment to prevent further spread. If the part in the area of the trigeminal nerve is affected, complications in the form of conjunctivitis and damage to the cornea (zoster ophtalmicus) are possible, while zoster in the area of the auricular nerve can damage the auricular nerve. Complications can include partial or complete paralysis of the personal nerve. If the abdomen is affected, the pain can be extremely severe.

It is not possible to prevent infection, but certain measures can reduce the activity of the virus. It is definitely necessary to avoid stressful situations and mental disorders, or anything that irritates the nervous system, including alcohol and coffee. Vitamin B group preparations (B1, B6 and B12) help for about ten days.


- To relieve pain and itching, apply compresses of clay, mashed cheese and kale leaves
- Eat as many vegetables and grains as possible; Acid fruits and vegetables (lemon, tomato) should be avoided
- Use potassium and ginseng to strengthen the nervous system
- A few drops of chamomile essential oil with honey for internal use
- Diluted lavender and rosemary essential oil for external use
- Bath with the addition of trine
- Body wash in fruit vinegar
- Avoid alcohol, nicotine and coffee
- Avoid stress
- Relaxation exercises


As soon as the typical signs of a rash appear, immediately go to see a doctor.