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skullz90 posted:
I think i might have ear herpes...i did have chickenpox when i was little but i know i dont have shingles im looking for information regarding hsv 1 infection of the ears...can u suppress it when i tried to find info on the internet it just keeps bringing up shingles....not to mention i think my eyes are infected...im hoping u will tell me there is hope? will i automatically lose my hearing im really worried and depressed. plz help
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Don't try and diagnose yourself. Herpes zoster IS shingles, and yes, it can occur in the ears (Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome). If you also feel that your eyes are involved in this infection, it is imperative that you see a medical provider so that you can be properly examined, diagnosed, and treated.
 
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skullz90 responded:
thought i was infected with hsv-1...does that mean when i was infected if indeed i was infected that instead of activating as hsv-1 it instead is shingles? im a bit confused... i went to a optometrist and he said my eyes were fine however my vision occasionally goes blurry and they developed red lines in them...so idk my doctors appointment is oct. 26th...if indeed this is shingles will i automatically go deaf or can this be managed i heard shingles dont last very long i could be wrong idk...any positive feedback u give will be appreciated. Shingles is said to only infect one side of the body yet both of my eyes and ears are acting up...
 
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
If BOTH ears are equally affected, then it is not likely shingles (herpes zoster). Right now, you have NOT been professionally diagnosed, so rather than worry about going deaf, wouldn't be be reasonable to see an ENT specialist so you can be properly examined, diagnosed, AND treated? Self-diagnoses are often inaccurate.
 
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skullz90 responded:
why isnt there any information on hsv-1 infecting the ears?
 
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
There is lots of information, but perhaps you are just not finding it....Did you put "herpes" and "ear" in your search engine?

Herpes simplex can affect just about ANY area of the skin, so if you were searching for herpes and "arm" or herpes and "back" you would not likely find anything liinked to those particular body areas.
 
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skullz90 responded:
do everyone who has ocular herpes eye swell up and close? does that rarely happen?
 
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
I don't really understand your question....
 
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skullz90 responded:
ive seen pictures of people who have ocular herpes and their eyes were swollen shut... i was asking if that happens to everybody? I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions.
 
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
I thought you were concerned about your EARS....why are you concerned that you have herpes in your eye; an entirely different condition?

Herpes keratoconjunctivitis is a VERY serious and potentially, sight-threatening condition. It is also highly variable in its symptoms....one person can have "severe disease", while another may have a mild case. No, not everyone has their eyes swollen shut like the pictures in books or on the Internet. This is why YOU need to be carefully examined by a medical professional.
 
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skullz90 responded:
told you i thought my eyes and ears were infected i go to the doctor tomorrow what kind of questions should i ask him? also i have been to an eye doctor (optometrist) he said my vision was perfect above 20/20 i told him i was concerned about ocular herpes but he said my optic nerve and everything looked fine...so idk my only symptom is the occasional blurry vision and red lines in my eyes but i dont have pain really.
 
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Herpes in the eye cause pain...lots of it; on the cornea, not the optic nerve. If the optometrist gave you the "okay", then you most likely do NOT have herpes in the eye.

Ask your doctor the same questions that you have addressed to me. It will be easier for the doctor to answer them since he/she will have the ability to ask YOU questions, examine you, and correlate those responses to the physical examination findings.
 
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skullz90 responded:
thank you for answering my questions sir i really appreciate it.


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