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A 33-year-old female asked:

I have the herpes zoster virus. the outbreak always occurs under my left eye. can the outbreak come out in another area of my body?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Yes: The virus is in your nerves and can break out in any nerve, but it typically affects the same nerve when it recurs. In your case, the maxillary division of the trigeminal nerve is the nerve involved. You should get the herpes zoster vaccination, if you have not had it already. If you have had more than 2 outbreaks in 6 months, you should be on prophylactic Valtrex (valacyclovir) or famvir.

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Last updated Oct 4, 2019

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