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I have had shingles of the face and right eye. After taking

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I have had shingles of the face and right eye. After taking Valtrex for 14 days, the blisters dried up. The right eye is still very inflamed and light sensitive. Predisone drops are currently being used in the eye to keep diminish the pain and inflamation.. My questionis: Is the virus still alive and active in my eye. i got shingles 3 and 1/2 months ago.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Customer:

Can the virus still be active today in my eye?

Dr. Rick :

Most likely not. You are probably experiencing the effect of your bodies immune system on the virus and possible cross reaction to your own tissues. Steroid drops are the correct treatment for this condition.

Dr. Rick :

I would expect that you are being treated by an ophthalmologist (MD) and not an optometrist, is this correct?

Customer:

How do I reduce the photophobia and the pain from it?

Dr. Rick :

your doc can give you a drop to help with the discomfort of the photophobia. It has a red top and is called cyclogel 1%. It will dilate your pupil but should make you feel better.

Dr. Rick :

Does this make sense to you?

Customer:

Will a sympathetic nerve block help the pain in the eye.

Dr. Rick :

No. That is not the way to go at this point. Try the cyclogel.

Dr. Rick :

Are you still there?

Customer:

Even for the trigiminal nerve?

Dr. Rick :

I was under the impression that your pain was in the eyeball, was photophobia, and that you were being treated for intraocular inflammation. Trigeminal neuralgia with post-herpetic neuralgia, is a completely separate beast.

Customer:

OK. I have both. Thank you for your answers and help.

Dr. Rick :

Would you like to know more about the post herpetic neuralgia?

Customer:

I think I have been informed about it. Thank you for your help.

Dr. Rick :

This is an excellent webpage that deals with this topic:

Dr. Rick :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postherpetic_neuralgia

Dr. Rick :

My pleasure. I hope you feel better soon. Have a good day.

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
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