Q. I got some itchy lesions on my thigh and forearm. Are they herpes?

Answered by
Dr. Shalini Patodiya
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 31, 2017 and last reviewed on: Apr 02, 2021

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.



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  • 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.

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Hello doctor,

Thank you so much for your response. I am 47. The area on my thigh I just noticed tonight. It was not there for sure a week or so ago. There is no history of having anything like this before, and it is not painful, or pus-filled vesicles like an outbreak seem to be. It is itchy, but not painful. The area on my arm has been a few weeks since I noticed it. It has darkened over that time. I do not have any other health conditions. I am pretty much healthy.



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Most likely the lesions on your forearm and thigh are unrelated as there is a gap of few weeks in between. Also, the symptoms vary. Forearm lesions have almost healed, so there is need not to worry about it.

Since your thigh lesions have sudden onset, itching and also considering your age, it can be herpes zoster. Zoster usually starts suddenly, symptomatic and occurs in middle and older aged individuals.

Also, do not worry if you develop few more vesicles in the nearby area. Zoster usually develops fully over a period of two to three days.

I suggest you treatment for herpes zoster. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take treatment with consent.

  1. Tablet Valcivir (Valaciclovir) 1 g thrice daily.
  2. Tablet Levosiz (Levocetirizine) once daily.
  3. Ointment T-bact (Mupirocin) twice daily.

I suggest you the above treatment for seven days. Also, get your blood sugar tested as zoster is more common in diabetics.

For further information consult a dermatologist online -->

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