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Lupus, shingles on forehead, head, around eye, crawling sensation in head. Tried benedryl, capsacin cream. Cure?

Hello, I am a 52 yr old female with Lupus . I was diagnosed with Shingles on my forehead , head and around my right eye on Dec. 31st. I did 7 days of the anti-viral medicine. I also consulted my eye doctor and was put on drops for my right eye. I am still experiencing numbness, itching, and a general crawling feeling in the area on my head. I cannot sleep at night because of these symptoms. I have tried benedryl and capsacin cream. What can I do for these symptoms? Should I still be having these symptoms? Thank you.
Asked On : Sat, 26 Jan 2013
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Unfortunately neuropathy following herpes zoster infection can persist for quite some time, may be months.

Simple things such as applying calamine lotion can soothe the nerves (not to be put in the eyes, tough).

Medications such as gabapentin and pregabalin can drastically reduce the pain and tingling of herpetic neuralgia. These will also help you in getting a good nights sleep.
Answered: Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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