Shingles on the face and head

Shingles on the face and head

Symptoms of shingles on the face

This searing, burning pain is the most significant complication of shingles.
The condition is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox, called herpes virus type 3.
Everyone who develops shingles as an adult would have caught the virus as a child (they may or may not have developed the full-blown symptoms at the time).
After this initial infection, the virus is locked away by the immune system in nerve cells close to the spinal cord or brain, although why the body does this remains unclear.
However, in some cases the virus can be released from these shackles — and triggers shingles.
In your case, the virus reappeared on the left side of your face after breaking free and travelling down a nerve from the brain, like hitching a ride on a busy road.
The nerve seems to have been the ophthalmic branch of the trigeminal nerve, which travels from the brain to just above the eye.
Symptoms usually begin with pain that lasts two or three days, followed by an intensely painful rash of blisters.
A quarter of us over the age of 50 will suffer from shingles, though it does occur in younger patients.
On rare occasions, a second attack can erupt later in life.
When the rash resolves, there is often a degree of discolouration of the skin and usually some scarring. There can also be, as you describe, intense itchiness.
However, the worst complication is pain, which you are experiencing.
The older the patient (you tell me you are 82), the higher the risk of long-term pain, as for some reason senior nerves are more vulnerable.

What causes shingles? - what causes shingles on the face

Shingles occurs when the virus that causes chickenpox starts up again in your body. After you get better from chickenpox, the virus "sleeps" (is dormant) in your nerve roots. In some people, it stays dormant forever. In others, the virus "wakes up" when disease, stress, or aging weakens the immune system. Some medicines may trigger the virus to wake up and cause a shingles rash. It is not clear why this happens. But after the virus becomes active again, it can only cause shingles, not chickenpox.

You can't catch shingles from someone else who has shingles. But there is a small chance that a person with a shingles rash can spread the virus to another person who hasn't had chickenpox and who hasn't gotten the chickenpox vaccine.

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