Shingles rash location

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Avatar m tn I've been having this rash on my shins, really itchy, on each shin same location. I've had the itchiness for about 6 months now. Recently, the rash got worse until it looks like the skin broke. Now they're kind of crusty. I went to my doctor and she said it looks like shingles, but I've always heard shingles is painful. I don't have any pain, just itchy. I've read on the internet (so it must be true) that shingles lasts 4 to 6 weeks.
Avatar n tn Hi, If she had a history of chicken pox, this could be shingles or herpes zoster. Shingles is an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin. The first sign of shingles is often burning or tingling pain, or sometimes numbness or itch, in one particular location on only one side of the body. After several days or a week, a rash of fluid-filled blisters, similar to chickenpox, appears in one area on one side of the body. Shingles pain can be mild or intense.
Avatar n tn I recently went to a doctor with a rash on my hip, pelvis, and back, all on my right side. Right when she looked at it, she told me that it was clearly shingles, but she took a swab of it and sent it into the lab (for a viral culture, I think?) to make sure. I received a call from the doctor four days later saying that my rash was from HSV-2, genital herpes. This is extremely bizarre to me because I've never had sexual contact with anyone.
Avatar m tn The two conditions can appear similar, but the rash location is typical for shingles and very unlikely for HSV. The only test for shingles is a swab specimen collected from the rash. But a dermatologist's examination normally is very reliable. They deal with herpes zoster all the time, and if s/he is confident of the diagnosis, probably no testing is needed. And I certainly see no need for you to be tested for HSV.
Avatar f tn Or does the placement (front side of body, rt shoulder and neck) sound more in line with shingles? Also if the rash has dried up but not fully healed can it still be biopsied or cultured? And if she doesn't take anti virals can it spread even though it appears to be going away.
Avatar f tn Are the genital shingles antibodies the same as the herpes antibodies? I'm asking because I tested positive for herpes type 1 and herpes type 2 via IgG AB testing. Although rare, shingles can appear on the genitals as I've noticed. I haven't been officially diagnosed with shingles but I had it once, although very minor, on the right of my vagina, on my left cheek, and on/in left my ear.
Avatar f tn Are the genital shingles antibodies the same as the herpes antibodies? I'm asking because I tested positive for herpes type 1 and herpes type 2 via IgG AB testing. Although rare, shingles can appear on the genitals as I've noticed. I haven't been officially diagnosed with shingles but I had it once, although very minor, on the right of my vagina, on my left cheek, and on/in left my ear.
Avatar f tn Hi, i dont know much about shingles except that my neighbor had it for months and nothing they did worked. Is it painful at all? I would call the Dr right away..of course it is the weekend.. I am going to read up on shingles..
Avatar n tn Hi, Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, which is also responsible for chicken pox. The most common location for shingles is a band, called a dermatome, spanning one side of the trunk around the waistline. This does not usually affect other areas except for that specific dermatome which is supplied by the nerve fibbers where the virus has remained dormant. This is also true with your bed covers spreading the virus to other parts of your body.
Avatar n tn t see the connection to shingles. The only symptom that seems to match is the location. No other of the signs are present. I have had no pain. The rash does not include blisters. It has also persisted for much longer than the general duration of shingles. My brother had shingles a year ago and it was nothing like I am experiencing. His was on his back and the pain was so severe that he was having difficulty breathing.
Avatar f tn One night when I was 14 I shaved my stomach and cut it by mistake, over night I remember itching it and waking up to a rash that gotten worse over a week, I never went to go get it treated because it eventually went away on its. I'm 18 now and I have had the same rash is the same location about 5 to 6 times since then, the rash is located a little below my belly button the skin there is darker and shiny.
Avatar f tn Are the genital shingles antibodies the same as the herpes antibodies? I'm asking because I tested positive for herpes type 1 and herpes type 2 via IgG AB testing. Although rare, shingles can appear on the genitals as I've noticed. I haven't been officially diagnosed with shingles but I had it once, although very minor, on the right of my vagina, on my left cheek, and on/in left my ear.
Avatar f tn my husband gets shingles but he also once while dating he got a rash on his butt and I put cream on it 3 years later I have the samme patch on my butt and swollen lymph noded on both sides of stomach did I get herpes 2 from him This discussion is related to <a href='/posts/show/242300'>Herpes of Anal Fissure</a>.
Avatar n tn I should have also mentioned herpes zoster (shingles); that's probably a more likely explanation than HSV for this type of rash in this location. Definitely see a health care provider right away.
Avatar n tn The rashes began as a red welted area and then erupt into a papular like blister about the diameter of a nickel,and in two weeks they crust over leaving hypo and hyper pigmented marks.
Avatar f tn We need help. My husband,59, has had a rash and painfull sensations in the inner buttocks area going on now for almost a 1 1/2yrs. He went to his primary doctor and they had him soaking in epson salts and cortisone creams to no avail. He then returned to doc. and then he told him it was a fungal infection and prescribed some Ketoconazole tablets for 2 weeks and the same kind of cream. After the first week was done my husband said it felt like it was all gone, no itching or pain.
Avatar m tn It lasted for two weeks? The rash itched but was not severely painful. I have been under a lot of stress so Shingles was a consideration also a reaction to a plant was considered. Two or so weeks later I found out my fiancee had been having unprotected sex with what he described as her boyfriend of ten months. I was living a monogomous lifestyle and she was not. I scheduled an appointment with my doctor and got tested for the full spectrum.
Avatar n tn Hi, if you every had chicken pox or the vaccine it could be shingles. Shingles does appear more of a rash than does herpes. Just wait for the results and come back and let us know.
Avatar m tn Below are pics I took. This is the 2nd time I have had this rash in the EXACT same spot and exact same size. Its been about a year since it happend last. I looked EVERYWHERE on the internet, and I think its shingles but its sooo small about the size of a quarter, and its in the exact same place. It starts as an itchy red area and then blisters form, painful to the touch but not crazy pain. Last time after the blisters cleared, it just went away...now its back...Any ideas at all?
Avatar n tn was it a visual diagnosis or did they do a swab?
Avatar n tn In September, I developed an itchy rash on my forehead. I went to the doctor and was told I had shingles. No testing was done, which I thoroughly regret, but it's too late now. I never noticed any kind of scabbing with the rash; it was more like it just faded. I have not had a recurrence of it. I have occasionally been experiencing sharp, shooting pains in my forehead since that time, however.
Avatar m tn Pictures are not really of great value to amateur eyes. Yes it could possibly have been herpes related, but maybe not... yes it could be shingles or HSV1. Are you sure your doctor didn't say things like 'that looks like' or 'that might be' herpes? I find it hard to believe a doctor would narrow down to something like herpes on the butt in a non sexually active person without a formal test of some kind.
Avatar f tn It is not necessary that shingles will present with a rash and can present as atypical shingles also. Mostly shingles is accompanied by a very painful rash, but sometimes shingles pain occurs without a rash. This condition is known as zoster sine herpete. In the absence of a rash, pain in the chest or the back may be so severe as to occasionally be mistaken for a heart attack, a lung infection or spinal problem.