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Complications of Shingles

Complications list for Shingles:

The list of complications that have been mentioned in various sources for Shingles includes:

See also the symptoms of Shingles and Shingles: Introduction.

Complications and sequelae of Shingles from the Diseases Database include:

Source: Diseases Database

See also the symptoms of Shingles and Shingles: Introduction.

Complications of Shingles:

NINDS Shingles Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)

Sometimes serious effects including partial facial paralysis (usually temporary), ear damage, or encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) may occur. Persons with shingles on the upper half of the face should seek medical attention immediately as the virus may cause serious damage to the eyes. Most people who have shingles have only one bout with the disease in their lifetime. However, individuals with impaired immune systems, i.e., people with AIDS or cancer, may suffer repeated episodes. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Shingles Information Page: NINDS)

Facts About Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus): NIAID (Excerpt)

If shingles appears on the face, it can lead to complications in hearing and vision. For instance, if shingles affects the eye, the cornea can become infected and lead to temporary or permanent blindness. Another complication of the virus is postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), a condition where the pain from shingles persists for months, sometimes years, after the shingles rash has healed. (Source: excerpt from Facts About Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus): NIAID)

Facts About the Cornea and Corneal Disease: NEI (Excerpt)

Varicella-zoster virus may travel to the head and neck, perhaps involving an eye, part of the nose, cheek, and forehead. In about 40 percent of those with shingles in these areas, the virus infects the cornea. Doctors will often prescribe oral anti-viral treatment to reduce the risk of the virus infecting cells deep within the tissue, which could inflame and scar the cornea. The disease may also cause decreased corneal sensitivity, meaning that foreign matter, such as eyelashes, in the eye are not felt as keenly. For many, this decreased sensitivity will be permanent. (Source: excerpt from Facts About the Cornea and Corneal Disease: NEI)

Facts About the Cornea and Corneal Disease: NEI (Excerpt)

Be aware that corneal problems may arise months after the shingles are gone. For this reason, it is important that people who have had facial shingles schedule follow-up eye examinations. (Source: excerpt from Facts About the Cornea and Corneal Disease: NEI)

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About complications:

Complications of Shingles are secondary conditions, symptoms, or other disorders that are caused by Shingles. In many cases the distinction between symptoms of Shingles and complications of Shingles is unclear or arbitrary.


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