Presenter Eamonn Holmes has taken to Instagram to share a photo of his face covered in shingles as he continues to struggle with his health.

The 62-year-old, who is currently recovering from a back operation, posted a photo from 2018 where his face looked red, swollen and covered in blisters.

Giving further information to his fans on the common infection, Eamonn wrote: "Ageing puts you at higher risk of shingles (esp. 50+) so it’s good to know what to look for.

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"I’m pleased to partner with @gsk on their Understanding Shingles report, as I’ve suffered from this previously.

"For info on shingles visit Funded by GSK," he added.

Eamonn's honest post was met with approval from his famous friends, with the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Lizzie Cundy and Carol Vorderman all praising him for shedding more light on the issue.

Fans were equally impressed with his message and commented favourably on the post too.

One social media follower wrote: "Wishing you well… my husband had this, this year for the first time. So painful."

While another person penned: "Oh Eamonn hun… sending love and thanks for sharing."

Shingles is a common viral infection caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Anyone can attain it, but it's most common in older people.

Last year Eamonn appeared on ITV's Loose Women to discuss his ongoing battle with shingles while admitting to looking like "Quasimodo" on his son Declan's wedding day back in 2018.

Showing a picture of his bruised face on the screen, the former This Morning presenter said: "This is me with shingles looking like Quasimodo there and as you can see from that, it's quite brutal.

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"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."

As well as shingles, Eamonn has been suffering with back problems and he also dislocated his pelvis and a trapped sciatic nerve last year.

Speaking about the most recent operation he had on his back, the star said: "This week a surgeon will cut into my back to hopefully relieve pressure on my sciatic nerves.

"It’s an operation that carries a 20 percent risk of going wrong, but such is the pain and restrictions that I have been suffering for the past 18 months, I’ve decided it is a risk I am willing to take," he told The Express.


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