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    Old 10-18-2016, 05:18 AM   #1
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    Hello,I woke up to a swollen left side of my face. I went to my Dr. and was diagnosed as having Shingles. I'm on medication but I wanted to talk with people who have had this virus. Right now I'm writing with one eye swollen shut and left side of face swollen and burning red. I wondered how you take care of your face as far as washing and moisturizer.
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    Old 11-06-2016, 02:19 PM   #2
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    Hi Linda, welcome to the boards.

    I'm so sorry I missed your post. How are you feeling now?

     
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    Old 11-06-2016, 05:55 PM   #3
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    Hope you're feeling better!

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    Old 10-16-2020, 09:59 PM   #4
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    Updating this old post with my recent experience. In my 50's, had an itchy spot just above right eyebrow. Really itched for a few days, was red and got bigger. thought it was a bug bite. Saw family dr on day 4 who thought it could be an infection so prescribed antibiotics. 2 days later saw dermatologist. Developed a painful lymph node in front of right ear and mild intermittent headache in right forehead. She looked closely using a magnifying glass and scraped a sample. Based on the appearance and distribution of the headache, dx was shingles pending PCR confirmation, and was prescribed Valtex 1000mg 3x day for 7 days. The bumps also spread close to the corner of my eye at that point. Still very itchy. Next day saw ophthamologist who looked at eyes through scope after adding yellow drops and both were fine. Over the next 2 days, right eyelid and area above and below eye socket swelled like I was punched in the eye and sacks of fluid developed below my lower eye lash. Eye was 3/4 swollen shut. Went back to ophthamologist who looked at eyes again and both still fine. 36 hours later, swelling is nearly gone, bumps drying up and only half way through the Valtrex. Still waiting for official shingles test result. HSV 1 & 2 tests were negative so most likely shingles. I am writing this to inform others that shingles is NOT ALWAYS a painful trunk rash. The eye dr's nurse said they are seeing more and more people getting it around the eye. The derm said her husband had it on his back as a small itchy spot. So in my case, 5 days of poor sleep due to itching (never scratched it) and swelling around the eye but no eye involvement and almost no pain - very mild headache and some occasional mild burning nerve pain down to my nose. you can use 1% OTC hydrocortisone or lidocaine cream but not much else for the itch. They say antivirals really only work best when taken within 48 hours of onset. I started after 5 days. So whether the normal unabated course of the virus took 9 days or whether it was shortened by the Valtrex, I cannot say. However, the derm did say that taking it even after 5 days from onset might help prevent post-herpetic neuralgia so it was still recommended. I also had lots of people praying for me and am very thankful for the progress to this point. I recommend getting the shingles vaccine if you've had chickenpox.

     
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    Thank you for sharing. I hope that you heal completely and quickly.

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    Updating this old post with my recent experience. In my 50's, had an itchy spot just above right eyebrow. Really itched for a few days, was red and got bigger. thought it was a bug bite. Saw family dr on day 4 who thought it could be an infection so prescribed antibiotics. 2 days later saw dermatologist. Developed a painful lymph node in front of right ear and mild intermittent headache in right forehead. She looked closely using a magnifying glass and scraped a sample. Based on the appearance and distribution of the headache, dx was shingles pending PCR confirmation, and was prescribed Valtex 1000mg 3x day for 7 days. The bumps also spread close to the corner of my eye at that point. Still very itchy. Next day saw ophthamologist who looked at eyes through scope after adding yellow drops and both were fine. Over the next 2 days, right eyelid and area above and below eye socket swelled like I was punched in the eye and sacks of fluid developed below my lower eye lash. Eye was 3/4 swollen shut. Went back to ophthamologist who looked at eyes again and both still fine. 36 hours later, swelling is nearly gone, bumps drying up and only half way through the Valtrex. Still waiting for official shingles test result. HSV 1 & 2 tests were negative so most likely shingles. I am writing this to inform others that shingles is NOT ALWAYS a painful trunk rash. The eye dr's nurse said they are seeing more and more people getting it around the eye. The derm said her husband had it on his back as a small itchy spot. So in my case, 5 days of poor sleep due to itching (never scratched it) and swelling around the eye but no eye involvement and almost no pain - very mild headache and some occasional mild burning nerve pain down to my nose. you can use 1% OTC hydrocortisone or lidocaine cream but not much else for the itch. They say antivirals really only work best when taken within 48 hours of onset. I started after 5 days. So whether the normal unabated course of the virus took 9 days or whether it was shortened by the Valtrex, I cannot say. However, the derm did say that taking it even after 5 days from onset might help prevent post-herpetic neuralgia so it was still recommended. I also had lots of people praying for me and am very thankful for the progress to this point. I recommend getting the shingles vaccine if you've had chickenpox.

     
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    Hi worriertwo - I am just getting over a case of shingles My course was quite similar to yours - mild, intermittent headache for days (extremely rare for me) and then blisters and rash on the left side of my face, including the side of my nose, eye brows and forehead, with swollen eyes over two to three days. Thanks for your story!

    I normally post on the prostate cancer board, but I'm checking here to see what people have experienced. I hope to post a thread about my own case.

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    Old 01-30-2021, 10:24 AM   #7
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    Hi worriertwo - I am just getting over a case of shingles My course was quite similar to yours - mild, intermittent headache for days (extremely rare for me) and then blisters and rash on the left side of my face, including the side of my nose, eye brows and forehead, with swollen eyes over two to three days. Thanks for your story!

    I normally post on the prostate cancer board, but I'm checking here to see what people have experienced. I hope to post a thread about my own case.

    Jim
    Hi - amazing how similar it was. Good to hear your course was fairly short lived. Just to update mine, the PCR test did confirm shingles. The healing continued steadily so about a week after my last post, it was basically gone. About 2-3 weeks after that though, I did develop tingling and mild shooting pain in the distribution of that nerve, basically the right side of my nose around the top of my right eye and up the right/front area of my forehead. However, it was fairly mild, daily but not constant, and maybe lasted a few weeks - it got to the point where I stopped noticing it. Another point for others, if the rash goes to the tip of your nose, it is an indication that your eye might become involved so see an eye doctor without delay. Mine did not go to the tip of my nose and it did not get into my eye.

     
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