From the symptoms it can be folliculitis, acne, herpes sores
or bullous staph infection. If they are painful and in a particular dermatome then herpes zoster needs to be ruled out. Shingles occurs in people who have had chickenpox and represents a reactivation of the dormant varicella-zoster virus. The first sign is usually a tingling feeling, itchiness, or stabbing pain on the skin. After a few days, a rash appears as a band or patch of raised dots on the side of the trunk or face.