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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 answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

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.

Answered 3/7/2019

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