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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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 »

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 ...  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 a 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 fetus o...  Read Full »

Dr. Vidya Muralidhar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The increased exposure to corticosteroid 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 developed and ...  Read Full »

What is the reason for muscular pain under the shoulders and shingles-like lesions in my body?

Query: Hi doctor, From what was being thought to be muscular inflammation of the back under the shoulder a week ago with constant pain since last week. I have lesions in my body, which look like shingles. I am attaching a photo of these lesions.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your main complaint is pain under shoulder and you are suspecting herpes zoster (shingles). Herpes zoster begins with pain along the affected root of nerve followed by an appearance of the rash. The rash is painful and progresses over 7 to 10 days. The pain starts d...  Read Full »

How to identify shingles?

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed this itchy, sore and bubbly rash on my back, in the bra strap area. The rash is relatively small and oval in shape. I have attached an image for your better understanding. I have been using tanning beds, so I am not sure if that could have caused this rash. But my mom says...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and examined your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Shingles is a viral infection caused by varicella zoster. It is characterized by unilateral pain, with multiple fluid-filled eruptions limited to a dermatome. It does ...  Read Full »

Does positive HSV 1 and 2 after unprotected sex with CSW indicate HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 36 year old male, and I had sex with a CSW, who was 32 years old. I had unprotected sex with her once last year, and I had protected sex with her five months back. I was diagnosed with herpes zoster four months back. After this, I have done p24 antigen, tri-dot, hepatitis B and...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If your query is regarding HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) status, it is negative so far. There are recommendations, and I also suggest getting the HIV test repeated at six months of last unprotected exposure. If that will be negative, you need not repeat the test aga...  Read Full »

Can herpes cause itchy lesions in the forearm and thighs?

Query: Hi doctor, I got some itchy lesion on one of my inner thighs and forearms. Previously, I was diagnosed with herpes, but unlike any outbreak, I have ever had. Any information on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Shalini Patodiya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Herpes affecting more than one area is not common. I need a detailed history of your problem. Please mention the duration of forearm and thigh itching. Do you have any other medical conditions? What is your age? Kindly send a clear photo of the lesion. Revert with the det...  Read Full »

What is the cause for pain in healed red bumps?

Query: Hi doctor,My father was diagnosed with scabies before two months on his right arm. The red bumps got completely healed. But still, he has pain in his arm and has trouble in sleeping. He feels discomfort while wearing long sleeves. He consulted two doctors. One doctor told that it is scabies and the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. After looking at the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it seems that your father had herpes zoster before two months. He is experiencing a condition called post-herpetic neuralgia. It occurs when the patient takes inadequate treatment. The treatm...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a remedy for skin allergy.

Query: Hi doctor, I have skin allergy for the past two to three days. What is the proper remedy for this?  Read Full »

Dr. Radela Yvonne Cortes

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I need more data. Is this itchy or painful? Do you have allergies before? The pictures you sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity) are reddish with some blisters and affect your body's right side. If this is painful, this looks like it is herpes zoster and...  Read Full »

Will herpes zoster infection have a possibility to get progressed to PHN?

Query: Hi doctor, this consultation is for my mother. She has been having skin rashes for around 20 days now. Her rash first started on her back, then spread to stomach. Her physician diagnosed that it is herpes zoster. We also did an Antibody blood test for Varicella Zoster Virus and it came out positive...  Read Full »

Dr. Pathave Hari Shivaram

Answer: Hii... Welcome to ICliniq... Thank you for providing information. It is Herpes Zoster; reports showing IgG increased but IgM negative indicates active infection is subsided but the nerve damaged is still there so pain is persisting. This pain is called Zoster associated pain; sometime it goes to P...  Read Full »

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