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Prickly feeling on left cheek (face) - shingles or dental problems?
I have bad teeth, particularly on that side but it's being managed by a good dentist over time and temporary fillings are in place.
Had this for about 3 months, it comes and goes but I always thought it was dental. Any ideas?
Come to think of it when it first appeared I broke out in spots all over my face but it was diagnosed as being rosacea! Probably is shingles isn't it? Bloody doctors. They all seem to be about 16 these days.
No wonder I was wiped out for three days with a temperature. I thought it was a tooth infection. I wonder if I can get a blood test to check whether that was shingles - I understand the virus stays in the body.
It was also following two bereavements with a lot of family fallout and stress.
It does sound like shingles, and what's more shingles in that nerve can cause permanent damage to the eye.
Do have a choice to see a doctor other than the one who said it was rosacea? If you think the tingling is developing into another attack (and the prickling does precede the spots), get thee to doctor ASAP. The earlier the anti-virals are taken, the better the outcome.
Post herpetic ( however spelt ) can be very nasty . Best help my mum got was from pain clinic ,but it can be a lengthy process getting right relief and appointment so you should IMO start ball rolling at GP's .
And don't be fobbed off .
Maybe go back to dentist as well ? Cover all bases ?
I had 18 months backwards and forwards to dentists with is it tooth or sinuses . I know it's tricky and they are often connected but wish I'd pushed for specialist xray early than I did as showed clearly root decay under crown was problem .