Eamonn Holmes says he looked like 'Quasimodo' at son's wedding

Eamonn Holmes says he looked like 'Quasimodo' at son's wedding
Eamonn Holmes says he looked like 'Quasimodo' at son's wedding

Eamonn Holmes, 61, has detailed his battle with shingles in 2018 and how he was struck with the virus on his son Declan's wedding day. 

During an appearance on Loose Women on Thursday, he spoke about his health battle which left him unable to work on This Morning three years ago. He also shared images of his puffy face covered in marks and scabs during his battle. 

Shingles is a viral rash caused by varicella zoster virus, the virus which causes chickenpox, being reactivated. In the UK, 90 per cent of adults have had chickenpox, so will have this virus lying dormant in their nervous systems. 

As the picture of Eamonn's face was shown on screen during his Loose Women appearance, the TV host said: 'This is me with shingles looking like Quasimodo there and as you can see from that, it's quite brutal.'

Pained: Eamonn Holmes , 61, has detailed his battle with shingles and how he was struck with the virus on his son Declan's wedding day (Eamonn shared the above image from three years ago on Instagram on Wednesday)

Pained: Eamonn Holmes , 61, has detailed his battle with shingles and how he was struck with the virus on his son Declan's wedding day (Eamonn shared the above image from three years ago on Instagram on Wednesday) 

He continued: 'You'll say, 'How on earth 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 high chance - 60% chance or so - that you too will have shingles.'

Eamonn shares children Declan, 32, Rebecca, 30, Niall, 28, with his ex wife Gabrielle and son Jack, 18, with current wife Ruth Langsford. 

On the show on Thursday, he explained the impact the condition had and detailed how his image was ravaged by the side effects on his son's wedding day. 

He said: '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... 

Pained: During an appearance on Loose Women on Thursday, he spoke about his health battle which left him unable to work on This Morning three years ago

Pained: During an appearance on Loose Women on Thursday, he spoke about his health battle which left him unable to work on This Morning three years ago

His boy: Eamonn shares children Declan, 32, Rebecca, 30, Niall, 28, with his ex wife Gabrielle and son Jack, 18, with current wife Ruth Langsford (Declan pictured)

His boy: Eamonn shares children Declan, 32, Rebecca, 30, Niall, 28, with his ex wife Gabrielle and son Jack, 18, with current wife Ruth Langsford (Declan pictured)

'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.'

In an interview with i, Eamonn spoke about the horror he felt when he was stricken, 

He said: 'It was like some hideous movie, where you feel your face and you go, 'What's that?' I remember going to the bathroom mirror and jumping back in horror. I had no idea what the symptoms were or why you would even be vulnerable to it.

Shock: He showed the impact the virus had on his face

Shock: He showed the impact the virus had on his face 

The happy couple: Eamonn's son Declan and his wife Jenny are pictured on their wedding day

The happy couple: Eamonn's son Declan and his wife Jenny are pictured on their wedding day

SHINGLES: DISEASE CAUSED BY SAME VIRUS AS CHICKENPOX

Shingles is caused by the same virus as chickenpox, the herpes varicella-zoster virus, and causes a painful rash which develops into itchy blisters.

It is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it which can also make people feel unwell for several days before any rash appears.

Most people carry the virus dormant after suffering from chickenpox as a child, but it can be reactivated in later 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 when severe nerve pain lasts for more than three months after the rash has gone.

Estimations suggest this affects at least 1 in 10 people with shingles, although it is more common in older people.

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