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A friend had a bad case of shingles in her head and eye about

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a friend had a bad case of shingles in her head and eye about a year ago or so. She is still taking eyedrops. She is in severe pain and has no feeling in half of her face. She has been waiting for about 4 months for a specialist appointment to consider a high risk surgical option. Southampton have cancelled the aointment as the consultant is not available for the next three months and they have no one else suitable to take on this task. They do not plan to take any recruitment action to fill this post for at least three months
What can be done to find a consultant with the skills and experience to provide advice on the options?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
This is Dr. David
I am sorry about your friend.
the NHS is a tough place sometimes to get care
she might have to see a doctor privately if she can afford it.
shingles viral infection of the eye can be very dangerous and can cause her to loose vision
she should see her GP doctor at least and get treatment for the shingles with antiviral medications like acyclovir or valcyclovir which can help shorten the length of time of the infection
nerve pain medications like neurontin or lyrica can help decrease the pain from shingles
her GP doctor can also give her a shingles vaccine once the infection has resolved.
she needs to see an eye doctor or ophthalmologist to get her eyes examined.
usually surgery isn't needed for shingles of the eye.
let me know if you have questions.