Vitamin C and Shingles
An observational study published in Medical Science Monitor (2012 Apr 1; 18(4):CR215-224) looked at the effect administering IV vitamin C had on 67 subjects with herpes zoster. For a period of 20 months the patients would receive IV vitamin C in conjunction with standard treatment for a period of two weeks during active infection. Follow-up assessment at two weeks and at 12 weeks found the patients had less fatigue, the lesions were smaller and there was improvement in fatigue and concentration. The researchers concluded that vitamin C may benefit patients with herpes zoster.