Herpes Zoster Symptoms

When the virus that causes chickenpox, varicella-zoster virus (VZV), remains dormant in the body and gets reactivated, it causes herpes zoster infection or shingles. The common symptoms seen in herpes zoster are pain, burning, red rashes, fluid-filled blisters, itching, fever, headaches, muscle weakness, tiredness, and chills.

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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 »

I have a rash that is itchy and uncomfortable. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a rash that is kinda itchy and it is too warm to touch. It appeared in my lower abdomen and nothing is coming out of it. My environment did not change and my food habits did not either, despite including bananas in my diet.  Read Full »


Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There are two possibilities: Insect bite reaction. Herpes zoster infection. In my opinion, your lesions are more likely to be of herpes zoster infection. Either visit your physicia...  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 b...  Read Full »

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