Are The Eyes Swollen The Effects Of Shingles?

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Good afternoon. My grandmother had herpes zoster on the forehead until it was almost 4 days since her eyes. It’s been 2 days since her eyes and cheeks are swollen. Is this the effect of the disease? Thank you

1 Answer:

Hello Tiaratania73, Thank you for the question.

Herpes zoster is a varicella-zoster virus infection that causes a skin rash in the form of fluid-filled sores that appears on the part of the body where the nerves are attacked by this virus. This virus is the same as the virus that causes chicken pox. When the sufferer recovers, this virus will stay in the body, either in the spine or the base of the skull. This virus can reactivate and attack certain nerves and the areas innervated by these nerves will appear the skin sores mentioned above. The initial symptom experienced by the sufferer is pain that feels hot, burning, or stabbing. Itching and numbness can also appear in the area. This symptom will be followed by the appearance of a skin rash resembling chickenpox, which then dries up and becomes covered in scabs within a few days.

The face area is one of the areas that can be infected by this virus. Depending on the branching of the nerves, the eye and cheek areas may be affected. Usually the skin breakouts will also appear on the skin around the eyes. If the eye area has swelling, you should advise your grandmother to see an eye specialist for an eye exam for your grandmother. Herpes zoster can cause eye problems ranging from conjunctival to the eye nerves (herpes zoster ophthalmicus) and requires further treatment. Antiviral therapy is usually still the mainstay of treatment, which must be given within 72 hours of the rash appearing. Antiviral treatment is also useful for preventing the virus from attacking the eye. In the meantime, please advise your grandmother to take medication from a doctor as directed.

Hope this information is helpful.

Dr. Aloisia

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