Question - Can you get shingles in both eyes at the same time?

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A patient can have shingles around the eye area without the eye itself being involved, he says. About half of people who have shingles on the forehead or nose will also have eye involvement. Ocular shingles typically occurs in one eye on the same side of the face as the rash. Symptoms of shingles in the eye include: blistering on the upper eyelid, usually on only one side of the face. redness and swelling around the eyelids. itchiness and irritation of the eye. The individual is contagious and can spread the virus when blisters are forming and until all of the blisters have crusted over. The rash may heal in about two to four weeks, and some skin areas may scar. Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. The virus that causes shingles, varicella zoster virus (VZV) can spread from a person with active shingles and cause chickenpox in someone who had never had chickenpox or received chickenpox vaccine. Eye muscle paralysis can develop as a result of zoster inflammation in the nerves and muscles. This complication causes the person to experience double vision. Skin related complications include a rash on the forehead progressing to blisters and possible necrosis - tissue death – causing scarring on the forehead.

https://www.healthline.com/health/eye-health/shingles-in-the-eye

When you have shingles in the eye, the blistering rash will form on your eyelids, forehead, and possibly on the tip or side of your nose. This rash might show up at the same time as the skin rash, or weeks after the skin blisters have gone away. Some people only have symptoms in their eye. redness around and in the eye.

https://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/eye-shingles/

Ocular shingles is not contagious; it cannot be spread to another person. However, a person who has shingles anywhere on the body (a rash) can transmit chickenpox virus to someone who hasn't had chickenpox or been vaccinated.

https://www.healthline.com/health/shingles-without-rash

What are the symptoms of shingles without a rash? The symptoms of ZSH are similar to the symptoms of shingles, but without a rash. The symptoms are usually isolated to one side of the body and commonly occur on the face and neck, and in the eyes. Symptoms can also occur in the internal organs.

https://www.healthline.com/health/shingles-contagious

However, you can spread the varicella-zoster virus from the time that your symptoms start until your rash and blisters have crusted dry. If you have shingles and are otherwise healthy, you can still go out in public or to work. But you should be sure to follow these tips: Keep the shingles rash clean and covered.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/shingles-can-strike-twice-will-the-shingles-vaccine-help-2011030

This causes shingles. When the virus reactivates, the infected nerves, and the skin the nerves go to, become inflamed, causing a burning or stabbing pain. After causing shingles, the virus again goes “back to sleep” inside your nerves. But it can still flare up again.

https://www.healthline.com/health/shingles-on-scalp

When shingles develops on the scalp or head, symptoms can include: headache. weakness of one side of the face if the rash occurs around the ears. The initial symptoms of shingles can be painful, and include: burning. sharp pain. tingling. numbness in skin. severe itching or aching. fatigue. fever.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/shingles/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353060

Diagnosis. Shingles is usually diagnosed based on the history of pain on one side of your body, along with the telltale rash and blisters. Your doctor may also take a tissue scraping or culture of the blisters for examination in the laboratory.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hutchinson%27s_sign

Hutchinson's sign is a clinical sign which may refer to: Hutchinson's pupil, an unresponsive and enlarged pupil on the side of an intracranial mass. Vesicles on the tip of the nose, or vesicles on the side of the nose, precedes the development of ophthalmic herpes zoster.

https://www.emedicinehealth.com/ask_can_you_still_go_to_work_if_you_have_shingles/article_em.htm

If the blisters are located on the face, you should not go back to work until they have crusted over (usually within 7 to 10 days). If the blisters are located in an area you can cover with bandages or clothing you may get back to work as soon as you feel well enough to do so.

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/shingles

If you have the shingles rash, do not share towels or flannels, go swimming, or play contact sports. This will help prevent the virus being passed on to someone who has not had chickenpox. You should also avoid work or school if your rash is weeping (oozing fluid) and cannot be covered.

https://www.everydayhealth.com/shingles/stress-management.aspx

Stress doesn't technically cause shingles, but it can cause your immune system to weaken — and a weakened immune system can put you at risk for shingles. A viral illness, shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox.

http://www.phsa.ca/staff-resources-site/Documents/CD%20protocols/shingles-employee-info-sheet.pdf

The risk of spreading the virus is greatly reduced if the rash is well covered. The disseminated form is more communicable than the localized form and may be spread by the airborne route. NOTE: Herpes Zoster (shingles) is not as contagious as chickenpox.

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/shingles

Shingles can be spread when a person comes into contact with fluid contained in the blisters. The virus can be spread by direct contact with the lesions or by touching any dressings, sheets or clothes soiled with discharge from the spots.

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/shingles

Shingles follows a pattern: The first sign is often burning or tingling pain; sometimes, it includes numbness or itching on one side of the body. Somewhere between 1 and 5 days after the tingling or burning feeling on the skin, a red rash will appear. A few days later, the rash will turn into fluid-filled blisters.