My husband was just diagnosed with Shingles of the eye. Forehead, side of his face, nose and of course, his eye (which is almost swollen closed). He now has blisters, absolutely no energy, somewhat painful. He has an appointment with an Opthomologist this afternoon. I have done some research and it appears as though he might be in for a rough time. The doctor who diagnosed him said he should stay home from work for a couple of days, however, the way he is now feeling it might be longer. He is my heart.
He has done so much for me, always there through my heart surgery, bypass, broken hips and now it's my turn to take care of my guy.
I'm so sorry to hear about his condition. The doctor will probably recommend some anti-viral medications, but there are some things you can do as well. The amino acid lysine has been shown to block the virus from replicating. You may want to look into supplementing with that. On the other hand, you may want to look at avoiding foods high in arginine since that can help the virus replicate.
Perhaps some compresses could help with discomfort made from chamomile tea bags, steeped then cooled and applied directly on the sites.
Hopefully it will only be a couple of days.
Best wishes to you and your husband.
i had shingles four years ago.. i remember feeling very unwell when the rash was just starting.. but not like a flu or cold.. just felt sick.. tired, and overall just off. the most important thing to do is to get to the doctor within 3 days and start antiviral drugs to lesson the outbreak.. they are the same pills they give for herpes.. just a much stronger dose.. what drove me crazy was the itch.. but when you it its very painful..
Thank you both for responding and apologies for the delay in acknowledging them. My husband has been home for 4 weeks (however, he did work all day on Monday and a couple of hours on Tuesday but had to leave) .. simply no strength/energy and constant pain. He is on an Anti-Viral med, Neurontin (just started) and a pain med. Complete right side of his face is numb, pain is back of his head down his neck. And, of course, there is the nagging itch.
Thank you for the tips .. much appreciated! One thing which has been helpful to him is rubbing yellow Listerine where it is itching. A friend of mine read that in a newspaper about someone suffering from Shingles. These symptoms are so similar to Peripheral Neuropathy (which I have), it's unbelievable.