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Shingles is a Varicella-zoster viral infection that typically affects a single sensory nerve ganglion and causes pain in the skin surface supplied by the nerve. Symptoms include a dull, gnawing pain or a sharp stabbing pain, skin rashes, fluid-filled blisters specific to a particular area supplied by the nerve, fever, chills, fatigue, headache, etc. Antiviral medications, along with symptom relief, are the treatment for shingles.

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Why do I have skin lesions and tingling in my legs?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had a skin lesion on the back of my upper thigh for about four weeks. There is no itching or pain. But I noticed sensitivity and tingling in the same leg. Can this be a shingle lesion following a COVID-19 infection? What could be causing this rash? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Is it limited to this area only or present elsewhere in the body? If the lesion is persistent for four weeks without any symptoms, raised lesions, or vesicles, then it is unlikely to be herpes simplex or shingles. Instead, it might be due to a...  Read Full »

I have small clusters of raised bumps that feel itchy. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am inquiring about a small group of rashes that appeared about a week ago and have not changed much. They are small clusters of raised bumps that are slightly itchy. It aches with movement and aggravated when touched. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I saw your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There are few papulovesicles (few are solid bumps, few blisters as per the picture) arranged in groups, with erythema (redness) at the base involving the right side of the chest. Features are consisten...  Read Full »

Is it alright to stop medications on the fifth day of shingles?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to a doctor for a pain in the abdomen. After a few days, pimple-like blisters appeared on the center left stomach and center lower back. I went to the doctor again on day-2 of blisters and it was already fluid-filled. The doctor prescribed Acyclovir 800 mg five per day for seven...  Read Full »

Dr. G. S. S. Sandeep

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Completing the prescribed course of medication during an active infection will reduce the chances and increases the gap between the episodes. As the age goes on, and when there is low immunity, there are chances of reactivation of shingles again. It entirely depends ...  Read Full »

What should I do to recover from shingles?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with shingles around two months ago. The scorching sensation has been incredibly acute, making it impossible to sleep. I felt relieved twice when they put me on Prednisone tapers for a month. However, once the Prednisone had left my system, the scorching sensation retur...  Read Full »

Dr. Vedprakash Verma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. You will receive an answer shortly. I hope this information will help you. Thank you.  Read Full »

I have a rash on my stomach that is spreading. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have had a rash on my stomach for one and a half weeks. It started as one pimple-like bump and has developed across my stomach, between my right armpit and breast, and a bit on my lower back. The urgent care doctor told me it was an allergic reaction and gave me Triamcinolone acetonid...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern, and I have seen the attached picture (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity).It does not seem to be shingles; it looks like scabies. Scabies is an intensely itchy skin infestation caused by mites. The diagnosis of scabies can of...  Read Full »

Is it possible for me to get chickenpox after shingles?

Query: Hello doctor, Are there chances of developing chickenpox after shingles?  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Chickenpox and shingles are caused due to the same virus. Chickenpox occurs first and the virus stays dormant in the dorsal ganglia of the spinal nerves. After years or when immunity decreases, the person gets an attack of shingles. Most people get shingles only once, b...  Read Full »

I have recurrent shingles. Will vaccination help?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33 year old female. I have been getting shingles since I was 6 years old. Until high school, I would get it once a year around the same time. Then, I began getting it twice a year. As I got older, I started getting multiple outbreaks in a year. I have had shingles for 27 years. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the history, it is apparent that you are getting frequent recurrences of shingles, which have increased in the recent past. Shingles occur when your body immune system is low. I am not aware if you are on medication as that may lower your immune system (except for ...  Read Full »

I got chicken pox second time. What is the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 18 years old and I am suffering with chickenpox. I got this in the past too. How to get rid of it?  Read Full »

Dr. Tim Evans

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We normally do not get chickenpox on more than one occasion. This is because, we develop a strong immune response to the virus and our body fights it before the infection takes hold. However, of course it is possible. If you did not develop a strong initial immune res...  Read Full »

I had protected sex, and then started getting a rash on my right arm near the wrist. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, A month ago, I had protected sex, and then two weeks ago, I started getting a rash on my right arm near the wrist. I consulted a doctor who thought it might be shingles. He then put me on a seven day regimen of Famciclovir. Over the next week, I got another blister on the back of the arm,...  Read Full »

Dr. Shahad Alshehri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Shingles are usually excruciating and respond to antiviral therapy like Famciclovir. You might have monkeypox instead, which can be similar to the description you are telling here. For that, you do not need to worry. You must isolate yoursel...  Read Full »

I have red lines with blood specks in my body. Is it shingles?

Query: Hello doctor, I have visited two dermatologist clinics. They never stop offering me strange creams and lotions on prescription. I suddenly have red lines all over my body. Blood specks may be seen in the center of the red lines. They show up on my head, chest, and arms. When this occurs, my upper b...  Read Full »

Dr. Shah Sushma Kant

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. It becomes a chronic problem as you describe. What month or season do you notice and when it disappears and returns? Please follow the suggestions listed below. Take lukewarm water or warm water with Betadine ...  Read Full »

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