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6 Foods to Avoid When Suffering from Shingles

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Shingles is no fun at all for adults – it’s caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox, which can become dormant for years and reappear as this painful nerve condition. Those with shingles develop a very painful and itchy rash that can last for weeks or months.

There are some treatments available for shingles, and even vaccines to help prevent it, but one thing you can do to alleviate some of the symptoms is to change your diet. That means avoiding certain foods, like the ? we’re going to warn you about now…

1. Dark Chocolate

We know, this will be a tough one to avoid for some people, so we thought we’d get it out of the way first. The website OnDietAndHealth.com notes that foods to avoid when you have shingles (or herpes) contain an amino acid called Arginine, which can promote the growth of the shingles virus.

Unfortunately, dark chocolate apparently is high in this amino acid, which is extra challenging because the source notes it also has addictive chemical properties. “The good news is if you’re satisfied with a small amount, you’re probably OK – unless you’re already at the edge of an outbreak,” it notes.

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