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A 23-year-old female asked:

I have a 2-inch red patch on my upper arm, filled with small bumps/spots/pimples. these bumps are translucent and have a black dot. they are painful. ?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Shingles? Herpes?: If it appeared and developed the pimple-like bumps over just a few days, it could be herpes zoster (shingles). Less likely is herpes simplex virus (HSV). It's an unusual location for HSV, unless perhaps exposed to infected persons in contact sports: "herpes gladiatorum" occurs in wrestlers, rugby players, etc. You should see a doctor right away, both for accurate diagnosis and maybe antiviral Rx.
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Provided original answer
If this IS shingles or herpes, effective treatment is available, but it only works if started early. See a doctor today for sure. Good luck.
Mar 5, 2019
Last updated Mar 7, 2019

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