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What are the
complications of shingles in pregnancy?
Postherpetic neuralgia is the most common complication of shingles. This
condition develops in about 20% of people who have shingles and is characterized
by persistent pain at the affected site after the rash has disappeared. It goes
away by 4 months after the initial rash in most people. This complication is
less common in pregnant women since it rarely occurs in people under 40 years of
age. Postherpetic neuralgia is more common in people over 60 who do not receive
treatment for shingles.
Shingles that affects the eye is another uncommon condition. It is essential
to see a doctor if you develop shingles around the eye area. In very rare cases,
the virus can spread to the brain and membranes around the central nervous
system. Other potential complications include hearing or
balance problems and weakness of the muscles on one side of the face, known as Ramsay Hunt syndrome.
All of these complications, like postherpetic neuralgia, are more common in
older adults and affect pregnant women less commonly.
Sometimes, secondary bacterial infections develop at the site of the rash.
These can be treated with antibiotics, and antibiotics can be chosen that are
safe for use in pregnancy.