Shingles rash recurring

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I'm 75, in remission from Burkitts Lumphoma for two years, contracted shingles 8 months ago. Have had recurring blisters, rash and pain in my face every month since. Dr says HPN. Taking Valtrex, Neurontin and percoset for extreme pain. Is there any treatment that will help? Please!
I've been experiencing a recurring rash on my left buttock for over a year. I went to a health clinic and was told it was from the Varicella virus. I tested negative for Herpes Simplex and the doctor said it looks like Shingles but it's difficult to know for sure. It's extremely mild and quite itchy and it keeps coming back every three to five weeks in just that one place. Does this sound like any other type of rash or has anyone experienced Shingles like this?
Because it always seems to show up in the same general area, I am a little concerned that it could be shingles (I am only in my 30s, but had a shingles-like spot along a nerve in my back some years ago). This year it has seem to spread to include the area from my antecubital fossa to my wrist. Over the counter anti-itch, anti-inflammatory creams don't help much. What should I do?
Is it possible to be diagnosed with shingles without having an external rash? The pain is on my left side only in a band near my waist line. The pain is horrific - even to the touch. All symptoms seem to be consistent with shingles but after 2 weeks of this, there is no rash. Narcotics, vicodin and darvocet have helped some but not completely.
Hello, For such rash herpes sores and recurrent shingles (although rare) need to be ruled out. Laboratory tests include: culture of the virus, direct fluorescent antibody (DFA) studies to detect virus, skin biopsy, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to test for presence of viral DNA. I sincerely advise you to consult a dermatologist and get it ruled out.
This could be a heat rash...or a rash from continuous rubbing ( from your legs rubbing together as you walk.) Bad clothing...some contain latex, chemicals, etc that your body is protesting to...can also include detergents etc. Sweat rash is also possible, as are insect bites. Fungal infection/jock itch, soaps, shingles, STDs, ( syphilis, herpes, or warts; cause rashes on the inner thighs in both women and men.
Hi I do understand how discomforting this can be. Shingles may recur or may be reactivated. The herpes zoster virus simply resides within the body. They are contained by the body's immune system. At one point, they may reactivate and present as the rash that we commonly see. "Shingles is a skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. The virus responsible for these conditions is called the Varicella zoster virus (VZV).
My upper plate has had episodes of becoming inflamed infrequently for a few years. Recently, in the last six months, it is inflamed more than not. My partial doesn't even fit at times. Also, in the last 6 to 8 weeks I have had 3-4 fever blisters and now shingles from my lower back going down my left hip and upper leg. I have been off mtx for a couple of months because of the recurring mouth pain but being off two months didn't help, it got worse.
For the last year and a half, I have had recurring rashes. They are typically clusters of itchy bumps that puff into bigger bumps when I itch them, and are sometimes red and sometimes not. I originally got them on my inner thighs, but they appear also behind my knees, on my arms mostly by my elbow joints and armpit areas, and also up my biceps and triceps area. I also get them in the upper chest, and occasionally on the neck.
I have been getting recurring shingles outbreaks for a long time. My rash is only about the size of a golf ball and always in the same area on my hip. I take anti-viral medication for it. Lately I have been getting severe headaches for several days before the rash appears and flu like symptoms that last for two days when the rash does appear. My episodes are accuring on a monthly bases now. Does anyone else have this similar condition and does anyone know what the reason for this could be.
Recurring shingles is a bit of an oxymoron. It is unusual, though not terribly so, to have one recurrence. But more than that? Very unusual. To be certain, I think a swab test for varicella zoster virus is essential.
I was put on low dose antibiotics for over 6 months and told to apply warm compresses and scrub eye with a baby shampoo/water solution. I developed a rash on my buttocks months into this that my GP diagnosed as shingles and prescribed Famvir. Now I'm having another shingles outbreak on my buttocks and have been fighting this eye "oil gland infection" for what seems like forever. Is this shingles in my eye? Will Famvir take care of it?
It isn't as painful as most people's so I considered myself lucky. My mother has recurring shingles as well. Also, I am a lesbian. I have NEVER had sex or oral sex with a male. I have been in a monogamous relationship for the past two years and we do not share sex toys or have genital to genital contact. Also, I have not had any sexual contact in that area for over a month. Last week I got shingles on my head again and treated it with zovirax and began taking valtrex on monday.
I have had recurring shingles for about 2 years now. The area is always on the left hip/upper leftt buttocks area. I have been treated with valtrex twice. The last time being about 2 months ago, went to dermatologist, dr did a biopsy since it has gone on for so long and confirmed shingles, treated with valtrex for 7 days. The dr.
Friday, May 20th. I had a small bump on my thigh 4 inches down from my groin which broke easily with clear liquid. Later in the day, I discovered another blister in my upper pubic region and a larger one on my scrotum. Each burst easily and immediately. They were not tiny and they were not in clusters. Several have come and gone since in the crack of my thigh. The whole area has produced maybe twenty distinct blisters which turn red upon bursting and then start to heal over.
Wendy, It is Jan 2011 and I have my second rash (2 weeks free) exactly as you describe it. I had shingles back in July. My doctor said it was a herpes rash and no treatment helped but it is back again so any more ideas!
The rash reappeared this week but was diagnosed by a GP friend of mine as shingles and I can confirm that I did have chickenpox when 7 or 8. Reading further about shingles, the rash certainly looks like examples of shingles and the lifecycle (rash -> blisters-> scab -> healing) matches my case exactly.
I am diagnosed as having hyper before and at the moment hypothyroid. I have had a shingles rash that began in Feb of this year. To this day I still have some twinges of pain (that's all I ever really got) but the section of rash is still visible just not's more white patches that become red on and off) It's on my abdomen and not so fun since it is summer weather. I've never had something that I've worried so much about and be so self conscious about.
For about 3 years now, I have had recurring blisters and a rash in the same place - the small of my back. The area itches for about the first 24 hours then the little blisters begin to appear. It usually lasts about a week and grows to about the size of a half dollar before drying up and scabbing over. They itch like crazy and nothing I do seems to help. It happens about 2-3 times per year and I haven't determined the cause.
I'm a 44 yr old wf. I have a recurring rash on my chest area. It is very itchy. It comes and goes. It had red itchy bumps and when it starts to go away, the skin looks scaley. This has been going on now for about 9 months off and on. In the past 2 weeks I have also been experiencing right side chest pain. the pain seems to later extend to my neck and then I get a terrible head ache.
Mouth diagnosed years ago Years of excruciationg right eye pain - Long Tern antibiotics RX'd 4 Shingles outbreaks last year on lower back Pain/numbness ended in ACDF in Nov 08.
Here is a picture of a rash on my neck. I also have a rash on my left arm thats bigger. They have lasted a few weeks. I have had recurring rashes for the last few years that come and go on my arms, upper legs and inner thighs, my neck and upper chest. They don't appear directly on my genitals or my back, or at the bottom of my feet. They itch and have a slight discoloration of red. They are slightly raised non-blister bumps, and have been lasting longer the last few months.
have a rash on both ankles that itch and have dry skin. severely sore and red. had 2 emergency doctors look at it and was not sure what it was. I have used triple antibiotic ointment and cortisone creams to no avail. had when i was 6 years old then came back this year. One doctor thought shingles but said not possible. Has severe stabbing sharp pain once in awhile.
In March of this year I developed an itchy rash with pimplelike eruptions, almost mosquitolike. It has subsided some from the onset in March, it actually appears to have changed around August. Everyday it itches, but most days not as badly as before, then about once or twice a week I will wake up with massive hives on my back (beside shoulder & armpit). Afterwards I will have bitelike marks that tend to go away around 10 days.
Hi. a few days ago i developed this rash, that is not recurring in almost the same spots after drying up and healing. Its so close together maybe it would be considered the same outbreak of it, im not sure.
Have you ever had chicken pox? If so it could be shingles. Shingles usually appers on one side of the body or around the waist like a belt. It lies in your nerve systems.
I had shingles when i was a child so I'm not sure if it a flare up from that, heat rash, or hives to something i drank or ate. I did add some things into my diet lately that I usually have after I run so I'm going to try to take them out to see if that is the cause of an allergic reaction. Has anyone had anything similar? It happens in the exact same spot and does not itch or anything.
then numbness in non-symetrical fashion suggests to me Herpes Zoster, stage 3. Stage 1 - chicken pox, Stage 2 - Shingles, Stage 3 - an assymetrical neuropathy w/ it's unique set of symptoms such as what we describe. If I were a research scientist, I'd likely be running some clinical studies., But, alas. The question is, then, Has everone had chicken pox or shingles who is complaining of the symptoms?
my 11 year old son had a virus on Thanksgiving 5 days later he started itching from head to toe no rash no hives nothing. we started him on benadryl and calamine lotiong, not relief so the Doctor gave him allegra and cortisone, no relief. Then the dermatologist gave him a shot of kenalog, and prescription cortisone. still no relief after two emergency room visits they gave him hydroxine and blood workups for kidney, liver, and thyroid came back normal.
I'm now having a endoscopy to test for celiac disease. The celiac panelI had for that showed elevation, but not conclusive. The recurring rash, with accompanying severe pain to hip/leg and exhaustion for days before, is wearing me down. Advised to take two 250 mg. Famvir every day now--it makes me nauseas. The last rash moved from the lower spine area (the quarter sized) to a larger rash in the periformus area--moving closer to the hip.
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