‘It was really painful and draining,’ Eamonn Holmes says of his ‘horror movie’ health condition.


EAMONN HOLMES is a regular host on ITV’s This Morning, appearing alongside wife Ruth Langsford on the daytime show during school vacations. One morning Eamonn looked in the mirror and was gobsmacked by what he saw. Turns out the star was suffering with a severe health condition.

Presenting legends Eamonn and Ruth were replaced from their regular Friday show slot by Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond, meaning that the TV regulars found themselves taking a break from hosting duties. This is not the first time that Eamonn has had to take a break from the show, as he took a leave of absence due when suffering with a painful health condition. The presenter had no idea what had appeared on his face on the morning in question, and this was not helped after talking to his doctor who replied: “‘Get down here to let me see it’”.

On discovering the condition, Eamonn described it as a “horror movie”. The painful sores, which resemble cold-sores, were causing a stabbing sensation on his face.

Talking about the incident he said: “I literally jumped back at my image shouting ‘what the heck is this?’“It was like waking up in a horror movie.

“When I called my doctor and said it was on my face the first question was, ‘Is it near your eyes? Don’t touch your eyes because it could affect your vision – you could go blind. Get down here to let me see it’. It was panic stations.”

Due to misconceptions and people being unaware of the condition, more than 2,000 people in a survey conducted by GSK were not aware of the basic facts about the condition.

The NHS explains that the first signs of shingles include a tingling or painful feeling in the infected area of skin and a headache, accompanied by a general feeling of illness.

A few days later a rash will appear, usually on your chest or tummy but it can appear anywhere – including on the face and around the eyes like Eamonn’s.

When looking back on his ordeal with the condition Eamonn had “no doubt” that it was triggered by stress.

3 years ago I had Shingles and if you’ve ever had Chicken Pox you could get it too. Highest risk is amongst people aged 50+
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