• Can you have itchiness while healing from a shingles outbreak?


    Question:

    I’m healing from a shingles outbreak. Can this cause excessive itchiness in that eye?


    Answer:

    Shingles that affects the forehead above the eye can also affect the eye.  It is common for shingles to cause sensations such as numbness, tingling, itchiness and pain long after the rash is gone. These symptoms may be felt in the eye.

    However, the virus, either during the shingles skin rash or even after it has resolved, can cause other damage to the eye such as inflammation in the cornea or inside the eye called keratitis or uveitis

    If you have any symptoms in the eye after shingles, including itching, you should see an ophthalmologist.


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