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Do you want to see my Shingles blisters? VERY gross!

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SexLubeAndAFishSlice Fri 26-May-17 10:44:13

I took these when I had Ophthalmic Shingles at the end of April/beginning of May.

You have no idea how much self control I exerted to not pick and pop these. Luckily they all healed up really nicely and the only symptom I have left is numbness in my head which is driving me nuts.

cantthinkofabloodyname Fri 26-May-17 18:40:57

OMG they look so sore.

PastysPrincess Fri 26-May-17 18:42:18

Flipping heck you poor thing. I too would have been chomping at the bit to get at those.

SexLubeAndAFishSlice Fri 26-May-17 21:03:12

They weren't actually sore at all. Just numb! I had the worst headache I've ever had for a few days and once the blisters started appearing, my headache disappeared and my head went completely numb.

Earlybird Fri 26-May-17 21:13:14

After almost a month, I'm just getting over a case of shingles. It is so painful, so you have my sympathies.

Did you go to the doctor? What treatment were you given?

Hope you are feeling better soon. flowers

mrsBeverleygoldberg Fri 26-May-17 21:52:20

I hope you feel better soon. They look so painful. Don't squeeze. Ouch!

SexLubeAndAFishSlice Sat 27-May-17 08:10:03

EarlyBird I did go to the doctor due to the headache and vomiting I had, they diagnosed Sinusitis and I was given ABs and a nasal spray, this was on a Wednesday I spent the day in bed/vomiting into the toilet. On the Thursday I went to A&E because I felt SO bad, could barely stay awake and my head felt like it was about to split open. They gave me different ABs. Thursday was also the last day I was sick.

On the Friday I just stayed in bed, friday night I made myself an ice pack to soothe my head and fell asleep with it on. Saturday morning I woke up and the section of my face where the ice pck had sat, was all red/blotchy/slightly lumpy. DH was cross at me for apparently giving myself an ice burn and he took me to minor injuries where they told me to keep it moisturised and it should dry out on its own.

Sunday I woke up, my face was starting to swell up, I was really struggling to open my eye and the lumpiness had turned into blisters that were yellowing, so DH took me to MIU again who sent me to A&E who agreed ice burn and that the yellow meant it was now infected hmm they sent me to Pinderfields (Wakefield, which is over an hour away from us) hospital to the burns unit. The doctors and nurses there were baffled, they didn't think it was an ice burn but they don't get many patients with it so they weren't sure. They were quite concerned about my swollen eye though and sent for an eye specialist. There were a group of people in a room discussing what could be wrong with me as by this point, they were positive it was NOT a burn. The eye Dr sent me for a CT scan which came back clear. And about an hour and half after the scan, they finally told me, it's not Sinusitis or ice burn. It's Ophthalmic Shingles. They gave me Aciclovir (which I took 4 times a day for 2 weeks) and sent us home, by this time it was 9.30pm and we still had well over an hours travelling to do sad

The photo I posted that's alone and not joined to another photo is how I woke up on Monday morning. Since I left Wakefield I've been backwards and forwards to a local hospital to appointments at the eye clinic, they were concerned my eyeball could get damaged so they wanted to keep a close eye on it, it seems to be fine though, thankfully!

SexLubeAndAFishSlice Sat 27-May-17 08:13:05

MrsGoldberg, these photos are a month old, I didn't squeeze and they cleared up beautifully smile

Earlybird Sun 28-May-17 12:34:05

My goodness, the is quite a saga. I'm sorry you've had to go through this. Seems it took the doctors an awfully long time to get the right diagnosis.

Hopefully you are over the worst, and will soon be back to normal.

Where I am (not in the UK), a shingles vaccine is strongly suggested for anyone over 50. I have not had it, but will get it as soon as I'm able, because I certainly don't want another episode of this.
Is the shingles shot offered in the UK?

SexLubeAndAFishSlice Mon 29-May-17 09:47:10

I believe there is a Shingles vaccine offered to the elderly, but I am only 25 so it wouldn't have done me much good grin

Earlybird Mon 29-May-17 15:29:18

There is definitely a shingles vaccine. It is suggested for those over 50. However, my dermatologist friend suggests people have it earlier as she is seeing more and more younger people with shingles.

AnyFucker Mon 29-May-17 15:34:20

Good Lord

The last time I saw someone with blisters that bad they ended up on ICU with Steven's-Johnson Syndrome

Anatidae Mon 29-May-17 15:38:29

Oh heck, that is really really a bad case. Absolutely the worst dermatome to have affected, you poor thing.

Epic restraint in not scratching!

That's interesting earlybird - what does she suspect the reason is? I can only think of fewer cases of active infection in children leading to less exposure in adults and thus fewer times adults are exposed to wild virus to reboost immunity..? But I'm not sure I've heard of a drop in cases in the young. Just interested if you know smile

Earlybird Mon 29-May-17 15:42:07

Anatidae - we didn't talk about why she thinks it is happening. But, it is thought that shingles are triggered by stress and can appear when your immune system is vulnerable.

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Mon 29-May-17 15:42:55

oooh I TOLD YOU it was ophthalmic neuralgia, shingles area related!! Sinusitis MY ARSE!

I claim my Internet Medic badge!

That looks horrid glad they are checking your eye and very well done for not picking!

SexLubeAndAFishSlice Mon 29-May-17 16:50:07

Ton you are the ONLY person who suggested Shingles until I ended up in the burns unit!

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Mon 29-May-17 18:43:09

it was the area and the crashing headache that made me suggest it....dh had it a couple of years back

On the Thursday he was moaning about being tired, headache, going down with something and he had got an "insect bite" on his head, friday he was still moaning, bite was looking angrier, headache was MUCH worse, but he never takes headache pills and he thinks whining to me will make it go away, I'd been at work thurs/fri and he went to bed early on the friday but by saturday morning the bite was gaining a life of its own so I made him phone I was suspecting shingles, he got the antivirals and they literally stopped it in its tracks, but it took him ages to get back to normal....he had about a month off work

SO look after yourself Missyfishslice and get properly better before exerting yourself!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 29-May-17 18:46:59

Bloody hell,you poor thing!!!!

NotHotDogMum Mon 29-May-17 19:31:26

You poor thing flowers

Fairylea Mon 29-May-17 19:36:57

Gosh poor you! flowers Glad you are ok now!

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