Eamonn Holmes has shared a picture of his swollen face as he opened up on his "exhausting" experience with shingles.
The 62-year-old This Morning presenter — who often shares his struggles with chronic pain on social media — posted a selfie as part of an advertising campaign to raise awareness about the viral condition.
Holmes tweeted: "Having had shingles, I know how painful and exhausting it can be. That's why I am supporting #ShinglesAwarenessWeek with @GSK and @IntFedAgeing."
Having had shingles, I know how painful and exhausting it can be. That's why I am supporting #ShinglesAwarenessWeek with @GSK and @IntFedAgeing.
To find out more about the condition, speak to your pharmacist, nurse or doctor or visit https://t.co/592NvyAMYe. Funded by GSK #AD pic.twitter.com/lw64vxo0rE
— Eamonn Holmes OBE (@EamonnHolmes) March 1, 2022
Shingles is a viral rash which can be extremely painful as well as causing fever, headaches and fatigue. Some sufferers can suffer ongoing nerve pain as a result.
It is caused by the varicella zoster virus — which also causes chickenpox — being reactivated. As 90 per cent of adults in the UK have had chickenpox and have the virus lying dormant in their nervous systems it is a common condition and becomes more severe as people get older.
Holmes suffered a shingles flare up in 2018 on his son Declan's wedding day in 2018.
"That was at a time when my eldest son — my only son to get married. That was the first marriage in the family and that was what I looked like on the wedding day and I had to have that covered up...
"So you can imagine, I ruined all the pictures, I didn't want to be in them. I didn't want to be the centre of attention with all this...
"But the timing was awful. The dangerous thing about mine was that if it's on your face, it can affect, maybe impair your eyesight."
He began suffering chronic pain and subsequent insomnia in February 2020 after dislocating his pelvis.
Holmes struck a chord with many of his one million Twitter followers when he started opening up on social media in the early hours of the morning about his struggle to sleep while suffering from such intense pain.
The former GMTV presenter said his pelvis "mysteriously" dislocated earlier this year and put his back out a alignment as a result.
He said he now “can’t remember what life was like without the pain”.
Holmes underwent a double hip replacement in 2016. The surgery was carried out in a bid to tackle excruciating hip, leg and back pain he had secretly suffered for more than 20 years.
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