Eamonn Holmes was hailed by his fans after posting a throwback photo to Instagram on Friday of his swollen, red face caused by shingles.
The presenter, 62, was unable to work when he suffered from the disease in 2018, shocking fans as he uploaded a photo of his aching face at the time.
And sharing another photo on Instagram this week, the host wrote: “Aging puts you at higher risk for shingles (especially 50+) so it’s good to know what to look for.
“Thank God I know it’s so painful!” Eamonn Holmes was hailed by his fans after posting a throwback photo to Instagram on Friday of his swollen and red face caused by shingles
Brave: The presenter, 62, wrote in his caption: ‘Aging puts you at higher risk for shingles (especially 50+) so it’s good to know what to look for’
“I am delighted to partner with @gsk for their Understanding Shingles report as I have suffered from this before. For more information on shingles, visit Understandingshingles.co.uk. Funded by GSK.’
TV personality Lizzie Cundy commented: “It’s good to help others by understanding shingles. Sending love ❤️.’
Gordon Ramsay added, “Congratulations on an amazing achievement @rouxwatersideinnbray ❤️”, while Carol Vorderman inserted a red heart.
Other devotees wrote: ‘Wishing you luck.. hubby got this, this year for the first time. So painful ❤️,’ and, ‘Oh bless I know it’s so painful to see my mom in pain, opw you’re healing soon and you’re healing soon ❤️xx.’
Oh my goodness: The presenter, 62, was unable to work when he suffered from the disease in 2018, shocking fans as he uploaded a photo of his sore face at the time
Shingles is a viral rash caused by the varicella zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox, being reactivated.
In the UK, 90% of adults have had chicken pox, so this virus will be dormant in their nervous system.
Last year, Eamonn appeared on Loose Women to talk about his “brutal” battle with shingles, with the broadcaster saying he looked like “Quasimodo” on his son Declan’s wedding day in 2018.
Wow! He certainly received support from his famous friends and fans.
As a picture of Eamonn’s face was shown on screen, the TV host said: “That’s me with shingles looking like Quasimodo over there and as you can see that’s pretty brutal.”
He continued: “You’ll be like, ‘How the hell did you get that? Well, if you’ve had chickenpox and you’ve had the virus, it’s there in your system and there’s a very good chance – about a 60% chance – that you too have shingles.
Eamonn shares children Delan, 33, Rebecca, 31, Niall, 29, with ex-wife Gabrielle and son Jack, 19, with current wife Ruth Langsford, 61.
He explained the impact of the disease and detailed how his image was ravaged by the side effects on his son’s wedding day.
Swollen: Last year Eamonn appeared on Loose Women to talk about his ‘brutal’ battle with shingles, saying he looked like ‘Quasimodo’ on his son Declan’s wedding day in 2018
He said: ‘It was at a time when my eldest son – my only son to get married. It was the family’s first wedding and this was what I looked like on the wedding day and I had to cover that…
‘So you can imagine, I messed up all the pictures, I didn’t want to be there. I didn’t want to be the center of attention with all this…
“But the moment was terrible. What’s dangerous with mine is that if it’s on your face, it can affect, maybe alter your eyesight.
In an interview with me last year, Eamonn also spoke of the horror he felt when he was struck down by the disease.
He said: “It was like a hideous movie, where you feel your face and you go, ‘What is this?
“I remember going to the bathroom mirror and jumping back in horror. I had no idea the symptoms or why you would even be vulnerable to them.
“I had no idea if I had chickenpox at all, so I had to go ask my mum.”
SHINGLES: DISEASE CAUSED BY THE SAME VIRUS AS CHICKENPOX
Shingles is caused by the same virus as chickenpox, herpes varicella zoster virus, and causes a painful rash that develops into itchy blisters.
It is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it, which can also cause discomfort for several days before a rash appears.
Most people carry the virus dormant after suffering from chickenpox in childhood, but it can be reactivated later in life to cause shingles.
There is currently no cure for the disease and in most cases the painful rash lasts between 7 and 10 days, although it can take two to four weeks to fully heal.
The disease can also lead to complications such as postherpetic neuralgia, which is intense nerve pain that lasts for more than three months after the rash disappears.
Estimates suggest it affects at least 1 in 10 people with shingles, although it is more common in older people.