Postherpetic neuralgia. This common complication
of shingles (herpes zoster) lasts for at least 30 days and can continue for
months to years.
Postherpetic neuralgia can cause persistent pain,
facial nerve problems, and headaches.
Disseminated zoster, a blistery rash that spreads over a large
portion of your body and affects the heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, joints, and
intestinal tract. Infection can also spread to nerves that control movement,
which may cause temporary weakness.
Herpes zoster ophthalmicus, a
shingles rash on the forehead, cheek, nose, and around one eye, which could
threaten your sight. Immediate treatment is necessary for this type of
shingles.1 See a picture of
herpes zoster ophthalmicus.
Cranial nerve complications. If
shingles affects the nerves originating in the brain, complications may
pain, and loss of feeling in one or both eyes. The infection may threaten your
vision. See your
ophthalmologist if shingles affects your eyes. Also, a
rash may appear on the side and tip of the nose (Hutchinson's