A 21-year-old member asked:
how can i tell if i have shingles?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Aaron Stupple answered
8 years experience General Practice
Tiny blisters/1 side: Shingles is reactivation of the chicken pox virus, that emerges from hiding in a nerve, long after original infection . Classically, very painful small blisters are confined to one side of the body, and clustered together. Usually diagnosed by physical exam, the blood test is only required if the presentation is not obvious, or infection is severe enough to require antiviral treatment.
Answered on May 9, 2018
Dr. Michael Tomeo answered
37 years experience Dermatology
Painful Rash : One side of body and follows a dermatome (an area determined by a nerve pattern) starts out with discomfort such as burning or itch and then rednesss and blisters develop.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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