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Diagnosed with shingles. Along left temple to cheek, chin, lower lip. Having pain in tooth. Due to shingles?

Good morning. I was diagnosed yesterday with shingles . It is all along my left temple into my scalp and left ear, with one patch on my cheek, two on my chin and one on my bottom lip. I have terrible ear, jaw and teeth pain, to the point that when I went to the dentist on Monday before the rash broke out she told me I needed a root canal (this was for my bottom front tooth, which she performed). Now I have horrible pain in my left back tooth (same side as the rash). Can this be from the shingles? Thank you so much.
Asked On : Sun, 10 Feb 2013
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Dentist, Periodontics 's  Response
Dear Maureen,
Only a dentist can examine & let you know whether there is some decay or gum problem with your back teeth. Mostly the pain must be due to Shingles (Herpes Zoster- a virus infection). which has affected the nerve supplying to your left side. This Shingles generally happens when your immunity is low & you are under stress. Good nutrition & rest is the key along with Anti-viral therapy. Get well soon.
Answered: Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
dear friend.

thanks for sharing your concern.

shingles is also called herpes zoster.

caused by v-z virus.

it is an acute infectious viral disease which is painful too.

it is associated with vesicular eruptions of the skin and mucus membrane in the area supplied by the affected sensory you are finding in your case.

nothing to worry about it.
it will regress on its own after running its course

viral diseases are not cured by can just take the symptomatic treatment.

maintenance of oral hygiene to prevent further infection is mandatory.

hope this helps.

Answered: Tue, 26 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
hi and welcome to HCM,
Shingles is the viral infection caused by Herpes virus, as you are confirmed of suffering from the herpes infection, Pain in the back tooth can be related to it. but this can be confirmed only by clinical examination by a dentist and x ray evaluation, accordingly treatment can be carried out.
you must be on antiviral therapy. Along with medicines i would suggest you to maintain good oral hygiene by using antiseptic mouthwashes like betadine or chlorhexidine to prevent infection of other oral tissues, pain in the last tooth can be due to gum infection.
Drink lot of water and keep yourself hydrated.
i hope this helps,
take care.
Answered: Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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