A Case of Shingles Following Auricular Acupuncture

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Abstract

This is a case report of an occurrence of shingles (herpes zoster [HZ]) following auricular acupuncture. The patient developed acute reactivation HZ in the V1 distribution of the right trigeminal nerve involving the forehead, scalp, and medial upper eyelid 13 days after being treated with auricular acupuncture for chronic low-back pain. The lesions were initially painless, but they clustered and became painful within 2 days. The patient was treated with oral valacyclovir 1000 mg, 3 times daily for 7 days, and ibuprofen as needed. The lesions resolved without sequelae.

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