Shingles on face and in eye

Posted by Nancy B @nancyb1, Oct 9, 2011

Hi everybody. I have had shingles for about three weeks now and I am interested in chatting with folks who have experienced this. I have it on my forehead, in my hair toward my temple, in my eyebrow and on my eyelid, and in my eye. I have no vision problems, but my eye hurts and my eyelid droops.

The pain is bad when I talk, because when I get interested in a conversation, my eyebrow moves, my forehead moves, and ZING! I have burning and shooting pains. My hair hurts, too, and I can’t pull it back or style it.

Anyone else want to talk about their shingles pain?

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@nancyb1

Interesting. I did not know that about early pain being a indication that you are more likely to have post-herpetic pain. I had a headache for five days before the rash. I saw the doc and she treated me for sinus infection and migraine. I do remember not being able to smile or express myself through facial gestures. If my eyebrow moved, it was very painful. I think I just hung out on my computer and tried not to talk much when I was in the hospital.

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Yes I had Shingles like 2 months ago started on scalp went to my face close to my eye had it one time before I have been having problems since My eyes are red, irritated, itchy and burning and swollen. It can be very dangerous if it gets close to my eye. I have been to 2 eye doctors they keep giving me drops makes it worse, Then I finally got the vaccine

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@system28

Yes I had Shingles like 2 months ago started on scalp went to my face close to my eye had it one time before I have been having problems since My eyes are red, irritated, itchy and burning and swollen. It can be very dangerous if it gets close to my eye. I have been to 2 eye doctors they keep giving me drops makes it worse, Then I finally got the vaccine

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Hi @system28 – I’m so glad you’re finally able to get the Shingles vaccine! Do you have to return in a few months for the second dose?

My father also had shingles on his face last year, and it was so painful – he couldn’t sleep at all because he was just in constant pain. It started in his ear and creeped closer to his eye. Do the eye drops make your eyes feel even more irritated and itchy?

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The only place i have pain is in my eyes going to doctor tomorrow i was lucky to get in. I had a really bad day today. I have never felt so weak
in my life I was too tired to just heat up some food and the headache was really painful then my vision was really blurry that freaked me out

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@ndt

I know this discussion is old but I’m experiencing this through my 61 year old boy friend. He had shingles on the right side of his head and eye. It’s been a month. After we went on vacation, leaving our business causing stress, he came down with tenderness on his head. It excelled to the blisters and so on. He went to a clinic and they told him it was shingles and there was nothing they could do. Most of the spots have healed but his eye is still bloodshot. He can’t sleep and is exhausted. I see from the responses that so much medication was given and he was given none. He is just taking over-the-counter pain killers that don’t help alot. This person who hasn’t gotten sick for most of his life now doesn’t want to wake up if he finally falls asleep. He is a golfer and every time he goes out in the sun, it reactivates the shingles. I’m not sure what issue to force. Do I push him back to the clinic that didn’t do much (he’s been twice) for medication or do I push him to our dermatologist and get a new opinion. Both of us were red heads and both of us have had skin cancer. Does anyone have any suggestions on which way to go?

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Well I have had it for 2 mths doctor prescribed Valtrex he needs to take an anti-viral med. I have had so many problems, some
doctors are ridiculous. He needs to go to eye specialist ang get the vaccine I had it then I have to get the second one next week

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Sounds like what I've got, but mine started 6 days ago.
I went to an eye doctor thinking I had something in my eye, nothing there, but the lid was very inflamed. Two days later, had the rash and the pain. Went back in, was told it was Shingles. Put me on antiviral medication and was told to watch my eye, if it started turning red. 2 days later, went back in since my eye was turning pink. Now on both antiviral and antibiotics. So far, it's not in the eye, but, they're a bit worried it might get that way.
My question is, can washing my hair or my face spread this???
Things I've read say no, but, the second doctor I saw told me no showers, someone else needs to wash my hair, and no washing my face.
Very confused as to what to do.
Thanks!

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How are you doing now?

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