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A 24-year-old female asked:

got shingles on march 17 & small rash. no blisters just red bumps. didnt pop or pick scabs but bumps won't go away. redness gone but not bumps. scars?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Question diagnosis: Did you diagnose yourself or did a doctor make the diagnosis? In any case, it is time to consult a doctor as it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you.

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