Piscataway, NJ
A 27-year-old female asked:

I have a rash on the left side of my back and chest in a line. it bubbled and it hurts to breathe. some say herpes others say shingles. what is it?

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Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Shingles: One-sided, severe, burning/stinging/aching pain with an associated rash is shingles until proven otherwise. See your Family Doc to start meds: Valtrex, pain medication, and sometimes steroids. Hopefully, the process can be managed and aborted. The worst-case scenario could involve months of pain that need to be managed with next-level medications.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
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A 18-year-old member asked:
I had a rash on my buttocks, & was swabbed for herpes and it came back negative.But she said it still could be herpes or it also looks like shingles?
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