The Eyelids Hurt When You Have Chickenpox?

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I was 17 years old just got chickenpox for the first time. why is it that my eyelids feel difficult to blink? But when I saw that there was no smallpox in my eye, when it made it blink like something was blocking it, why?

1 Answer:

Hello Anindya,


Chickenpox or varicella zoster is an infection caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV). The manifestations of this disease are usually fever, cough and runny nose, followed by the discharge of watery rash-shaped lesions (vesicles) starting from the body and back then spreading to other parts such as arms, legs, face, etc. The manifestation of varicella in the eye can occur, although it is very rare.


The disorder caused by varicella in the eye can be caused by the VZV replication process or the immune reaction of our body against the virus. Varicella can cause disorders in the form of conjunctivitis, keratitis, uveitis, ophthalmoplegia (weakness of the eye muscles), to optic neuritis (abnormalities in the nerves of the eye). This eye manifestation can appear after a few days or weeks after a rash appears on the skin. Complaints that arise vary from red, watery eyes, excessive glare, eye pain, a feeling like a foreign object is in the eye, difficulty opening the eyelids, and so on. If in the eye, a rash does not appear like on the skin, the abnormality that appears can be an ulcer / wound on the cornea.


To further confirm the abnormality in the eye due to chicken pox or not, you should consult further with an ophthalmologist. While at home, avoid rubbing your eyes, if there is pain, compress with cold water, do not drip the medicine carelessly on your eyes.

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