Herpes Zoster

Herpes zoster, a viral infection that occurs due to reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, results in painful rashes and blisters. In addition, there is a development of vesicular eruption after two to three days. Taking antiviral medications helps a lot in managing it.

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What could be the reason for a painful rash on the forehead?

Query: Hello doctor, A week back, I woke up with a painful rash on my forehead after visiting the ER for swollen lymph nodes on my neck the previous day. I am taking HUMIRA pen injections and never had such rashes before. I have not gotten a lab test yet. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. 1) I think you have herpes zoster infection due to the reactivation of varicella-zoster virus (chickenpox virus) in the body, which is one of the side effects of HUMIRA pen (Adalimumab). 2) It usually presents as v...  Read Full »

I am having severe pain in rightside back lower body with rashes. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Having severe pain in rightside back lower body with rashes. I will attach photos.  Read Full »

Dr. Priya B. T

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have got herpes zoster (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is caused by Varicella zoster virus. Very painful blisters will be there. Must be started on antivirals at earliest. Tablet Acyclovir 800 mg 5 times a day or other equivalent. For pain Parac...  Read Full »

Do I have to terminate my pregnancy as I took steroids for herpes zoster infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am being advised to terminate the desired pregnancy because of the medication I have been prescribed to tackle a virus that I got just after becoming pregnant. I am looking for a second medical opinion on whether termination is necessary. I would like to understand the risks to the fetu...  Read Full »

Dr. Vidya Muralidhar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The increased exposure to corticosteroids can cross the placental barrier and cause adrenal suppression in the fetus. This can lead to salt wasting, electrolyte imbalances, and even poor development of the fetus. The organs can also have improper development, and an...  Read Full »

I am a diabetic patient who has been suffering from herpes zoster. My pain has subsided, but when will my rashes go?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 58-year-old male patient with diabetes. I recently had a herpes zoster skin infection on my back for which I was having Acyclovir and tablet Zoryl 1 mg. My pain has subsided on using the medicine but my rashes still persist. I want to know when will they go.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. As I have gone through the image provided (attachment not provided to protect the patient's identity). As herpes zoster rashes are similar to rashes of chicken pox, it will take a few weeks to completely fade off since they go through stages o...  Read Full »

A tender bump on the side of my nose is causing painful headaches. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a tender bump on the side of my nose, which is slowly getting bigger. It is on the right side of the bridge of my nose, and it is hot to touch. It does not look red, but it is extremely painful. My eyes and forehead also hurt and is causing a very painful headache. I have chroni...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post, but it would have been better if you had posted a photograph of the lesion. There are three possibilities: Herpes zoster of the ophthalmic division of trigeminal nerve. This one is a problem because it may affect the eye, so it needs to be...  Read Full »

I got some rashes on my hands after carrying iron rods. What could it be due to?

Query: Dear doctor, I am a 66 year old male. No diabetes, no hypertension with normal lipid limits. I am working in a remote area where no medical facility is available. Since last week, I have a rash on my right hand with a rose circle that has several watery eruptions. It is only in the hand. The ones I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kumaresan Muthuvel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You are having herpes zoster. This is a viral infection. I suggest taking the following tablet. Valtoval (Valacyclovir) 1 g thrice a day for five days. Consult your specialist doctor, discu...  Read Full »

Does chickenpox spread through breast milk?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 31 years old and a mother of 7 months old baby. Recently, I have got infected with herpes zoster virus on my back. It is a small patch above my waist. Doctor told me to stop breastfeeding for a week. But, my baby is exclusively breastfed till now and not taking bottle feed after seve...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. If you have chickenpox or herpes zoster virus infection and you are breastfeeding, then your baby does not get infected with the chickenpox virus through your breast milk. However, if you still have blisters on your skin, then it is possi...  Read Full »

What causes bite-like rashes around the neck?

Query: Hello doctor, I am assuming it as an unknown bite and it has spread almost around the neck. Yesterday, I had taken Amoxicillin prior to dental cleaning. The condition in the attached report emerged last evening. Any idea of what it is? I am traveling this weekend. Please guide.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and history. Two possibilities are there if you have history of bite anything then it could be blister beetle dermatitis. If it has unilateral involvement associated with burning pain fever bod...  Read Full »

I have had scalp sensitivity, soreness, and sharp pain on the left side of my head for the past four days. What are the possible causes?

Query: Hi doctor,I have scalp sensitivity and soreness on the left side of my head for the past four days. It feels like a bruise but I never hit my head and the other part feels very senstive. Also I have sharp pain and feel uncomfortable. I eat tablet Duloxetine, tablet Propranolol, tablet Omeprazole, a...  Read Full »

Dr. Hateem Hassan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are suggestive of herpes zoster. The blisters cause pain, sensitivity, and burning sensation. Follow the below steps; 1. I suggest (consult with a specialist doctor, talk with him or her and take medicines with their consent) tablet Acyclovir 800 mg five tim...  Read Full »

I have an inflamed skin rash on the right side of my torso with radiating pain around the area. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an inflamed skin rash on my torso's right side, probably from an insect or bug bite. The pain is radiating around the area. It started about six days ago. Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have Herpes zoster, a viral infection. First, check your PPBS (postprandial blood sugar) and creatinine value. If these are within normal range, take: 1) Tablet Valacyclovir 1 gm three times a day for one week. 2) Drink lots of fluids. 3) Ointment T-bact (Mupi...  Read Full »

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