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Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Can herpes or a vaginal yeast infection cause a skin rash throughout the body? I have a skin rash that develops first with an itch and then a round red bump appears. The first few where limited to my lower left arm and looked more like bites but then dis

Can herpes or a vaginal yeast infection cause a skin rash throughout the body? I have a skin rash that develops first with an itch and then a round red bump appears.  The first few where limited to my lower left arm and looked more like bites but then dis

It : It would be very unusual for herpes or vaginal yeast infection to spread throughout the body. Other medical issues, such as MRSA (methicillin resistant staph aureus), eczema, psoriasis, pityriasis, or other dermatological issues can cause a rash on the body. Trying a mild anti-bacterial soap and mild lotion may be helpful, but if it is a worsening rash, or if the patient had fever or new symptoms, then the patient should be medically evaluated. ...Read more

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Will scabies cause a itchy, burning red rash in the groin area? Bumps that scab over? Or could this be hsv-2?

Will scabies cause a itchy, burning red rash in the groin area? Bumps that scab over? Or could this be hsv-2?

Unlikely: You are more likely to have painful instead of itchy lesions from hsv-2. Scabies can certainly cause itchy bumps at the groin area and will likely spread if not treated. However there are many other potential diagnoses. ...Read more

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I have a band of a rash on my lower back consisting of many small blisters. They are red and the rash is spreading. It is quite painful as well?

I have a band of a rash on my lower back consisting of many small blisters. They are red and the rash is spreading. It is quite painful  as well?

Sounds like shingles: If your "rash" on you lower back follows a dermatome-- sounds like you may have "shingles". Which is re activation of chickenpox (varicella zoster virus). Very painful. You should get seen to make sure what this is. If it's shingles, you can get an anti viral which will help aid in healing. Go to an urgent care if you don't have a doc. ...Read more

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Upper back pain with a red swollen bumpy rash that doesn't itch, more like aches. Also have a small outbreak of the same kind between breasts.

Upper back pain with a red swollen bumpy rash that doesn't itch, more like aches. Also have a small outbreak of the same kind between breasts.

Shingles?: A painful, localized rash w/ bumps could be due to Herpes zoster (shingles). It could also be due to contact dermatitis. Stop any fragrances in soaps,lotions, detergents, & see your doc to find out what's causing it. Drug treatment for Herpes zoster has recently been found to be less reliable/effective than previous studies implied. Good scientists gone bad, again! See http://tinyurl.com/k38yvsj ...Read more

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Raised itchy area of skin on back, small area and i don't think the bumps have fluid in them, could it be a heat rash or?

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Raised itchy area of skin on back, small area and i don't think the bumps have fluid in them, could it be a heat rash or?

Can be anything: Try some Hydrocortisone cream for a few days. If it does not work, see your doctor. The cause may never be known however although a viral infection or drug reaction needs be ruled out. ...Read more

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Besides ringworm what kind of rash can cause a red circle  with a wart like skin tag on the breast area? It showed up over night

Besides ringworm what kind of rash can cause a red circle  with a wart like skin tag on the breast area? It showed up over night

Possible infection: Redness with a centrally raise area could be staph infection with acute onset. Since if this infection it could invove deeper breast tissue it is nest to e treated with antibiotics. See physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. If infection spreads to deepr tissue it amy result in scarring and potential future problems with mammography. ...Read more

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Can herpes cause small bumps to appear ALL over the outer lips of the vagina or is this something else? Had a yeast infection 2 weeks ago.

Can herpes cause small bumps to appear ALL over the outer lips of the vagina or is this something else? Had a yeast infection 2 weeks ago.

Maybe: With herpes, you may initially see a crop of small individual bumps that look like they have fluid in them, but they quickly spread and coalesce (group together). They also would go from itchy and irritating to painful in sensation. If you have even a small suspicion of herpes, then run - don't walk - to your medical provider or STD clinic for urgent evaluation and treatment. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What are the signs of a fungal infection?My back and upper arm is so itchy and its having a white spots like a map

What are the signs of a fungal infection?My back and upper arm is so itchy and its having a white spots like a map

Depends on type: Candida/yeast is creamy white, tends to occur in skin folds, groin, under breasts. Tinea versicolor doesn't tan, has irregular borders, slightly scaly edges. Tinea corporis/ringworm starts as red spot that grows outward in ring shape; edge is raised, scaly; center appears normal. Vitiligo (not a fungus) is patches of hypopigmentation. Skin scraping & test for fungus by doc can be a start. ...Read more

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Can you tell the difference between a herpes rash and a shingles rash by looking at it? It's on my outer right thigh and I have a lot of soreness

Can you tell the difference between a herpes rash and a shingles rash by looking at it? It's on my outer right thigh and I have a lot of soreness

Location: Dear WDyer, both can look similar, actually. Shingles tends to happen on the skin versus herpes, tends to happen in the border of soft skin and regular skin (like the lips or the genitals). Shingles tends to be extremely painful, but severity can vary. Outer right location suggest more Shingles. I would suggest a formal consult to confirm or to visit your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a small pink-red dry patch of skin that is not itchy or painful on my lower buttock, is it a rash? What could be the cause?

I have a small pink-red dry patch of skin that is not itchy or painful on my lower buttock, is it a rash? What could be the cause?

It depends.: You might have been born with it. This happens sometimes, and is usually called a port wine stain, or simply a discoloration of the skin due to lack of pigment. It also might be a lesion/cut/bite that healed long ago and stayed red. If you have others, it could be a skin condition from some disease. It would be wise to see your doctor to be sure, or just be aware of it if you are ok otherwise. ...Read more

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Can a rash on the inside of your butt crack be an std?

Can a rash on the inside of your butt crack be an std?

Yes: Herpes often presents with a painful or itchy rash between the butt cheeks--sometimes starting out as a blister, and then turning into a shallow ulcer. Syphilis could also give you sores in that area. ...Read more

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Does the rash that comes together with an hiv-infection have to be on the whole trunk of the body, or can it also be just a red bump somewhere on body?

Does the rash that comes together with an hiv-infection have to be on the whole trunk of the body, or can it also be just a red bump somewhere on body?

HIV rash: In general this is most likely a whole body fine pale red rash. Not everyone gets this rash when the get infected with hiv. A red bump is a million things other than HIV infection. Hiv infection, when symptomatic, feels like the worst flu of your life..There are muscle aches, feverish feelings and fatigue. Rash is not frequent. If i knew more about your worries there is more information. ...Read more

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What could a red raised itchy patch of skin on the back of the neck be?

What could a red raised itchy patch of skin on the back of the neck be?

Eczema vs dermatitis: This sounds like inflammation of the skin localized to one spot. Dermatitis is a fancy term for inflammation of the skin. Try treating with either a topical steroid such as Cortaid (hydrocortisone) or an anti-itch lotion such as sarna or sarna for sensitive skin. If this does not resolve it, see your doctor. ...Read more

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The doctor afirm , that the rash in my genital area is a fungus but, im confuse, the rash is like a lot of red little circules around genital and anus?

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The doctor afirm , that the rash in my genital area is a fungus but, im confuse, the rash is like a lot of red little circules around genital and anus?

Ring worm?: They are likely caused by trichophyton type of fungus and not monilial. I must say that the location is unusual for trichophyton. Need to see dermatologist if anti-fungal treatment failed or scraping the the lesions did not show the presence of fungus. ...Read more

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Can a yeast infection cause a blister like bump on the top part of my iner thigh? Help , answer this please

Can a yeast infection cause a blister like bump on the top part of my iner thigh?  Help , answer this  please

Could: Yeast lesions are not usually blisters, these are mostly patchy or may be ulcerated as a result of scratching. Blisters are mostly secondary to herpes infection. Needs to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Hey?Am having a rash all over my stomache and it's itchy .Little red bumps can it be herpes? Only my stomach

Hey?Am having a rash all over my stomache and it's itchy .Little red bumps can it be herpes? Only my stomach

Unlikely: Herpes usually affects a small patch of skin, not a large area (like your entire abdomen). There is usually a raised reddish area with a cluster of tiny fluid-filled blisters. They may itch, but usually there is tenderness over the skin even before the bumps appear and there is more pain or irritation than itching. The bumps open up and become tiny scabs as they heal. See a derm if it persists. ...Read more

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Hi have abdominal pain see gasro dr april19. But also just started a itchy rash on stomach and arms can this be related?

Hi have abdominal pain see gasro dr april19. But also just started a itchy rash on stomach and arms can this be related?

See your doctor: various infectious, allergic, and other inflammatory conditions may cause this including food or contact allergies, viral infections, medications etc and would need more extensive review. happy to consult but otherwise see your doctor soon esp if persistent to identify underlying cause(s) esp if any changes such as new medications, foods, soaps/bath oils, sexual practice, travels, etc ...Read more

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I have a small rash on my stomach directly above my waist line. It is very itchy and appeared out of nowhere a few days ago. Could it be herpes?

I have a small rash on my stomach directly above my waist line. It is very itchy and appeared out of nowhere a few days ago. Could it be herpes?

Very Unlikely: sounds like INSECT bites.....(multiple such as those made by spiders or mites..... Just a thought... Hope it helps! Dr Z BTW an OTC Steroid Cream (CORTISONE CREAM OTC) may help! ...Read more

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Hi, I have developed itchy red bumps nd rashes between my left side of stomach nd waist !

Hi, I have developed itchy red bumps nd rashes between my left side of stomach nd waist !

Rash: Itchy red bumps could be anything- contact dermatitis , eczema, insect bites . Make sure it is not vesicular in nature (because you will need to see your doctor) and to take photos. Take some antihistamine. Apply steroid cream for the itch.Beware of impetigo , this will need to be treated with antibiotics ...Read more

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Stomach pain, acid stomach, brown and red itchy skin rashes, everytime i eat something with acid it will bother me at night during my sleep. Help!

See your doctor: It looks like you have 2 problems, stomach pain and skin rashes. You might have acid reflux / gastritis or peptic ulcer diseases. You can try otc antacid or acid reduction meds like zantac (ranitidine) in the meantime but you need to be seen and evaluated to have it treated correctly. Also it's almost impossible to know what your skin rashes might be if we don't see it. Your local doctor can help. ...Read more

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My friend has a itchy red rash on her lower stomach what could it be?

My friend has a itchy red rash on her lower stomach what could it be?

Contact Dermatitis: Belt buckle rash is a condition where the skin reacts to the metals in a belt buckle, usually nickel but other metals may be indicated too. It’s a form of contact dermatitis, signifying allergies to certain forms of metal. People with belt buckle rash or belt buckle allergy often get a raised rash where the belt buckle on belts remains in contact with the skin, such as below the belly button. ...Read more

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I have a itchy red rash on the back of my thighs that is spreading to my stomach and on my hips and on my lower back above my butt what can i do ?

I have a itchy red rash on the back of my thighs that is spreading to my stomach and on my hips and on my lower back above my butt what can i do ?

Rash: The rash you are experiencing sounds like an allergic reaction, however a good history including drugs, soaps, perfumes clothes is necessary. I would suggest seeing your doctor but you can take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for the itching ...Read more

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I have a red swollen itchy rash on my left side of my stomach and it hurts to the touch ?

I have a red swollen itchy  rash on my left side of my stomach and it hurts to the touch ?

Is it shingles ?: Need a picture or a physical exam to begin to guess what it is. If you have a group of blisters located only on one side and it's both itchy and painful, shingles is one possibility . This is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus and it's not very common at your age, 33. It usually occurs when people are older, sick or stressed. Very important to see a doctor within the first 48 hours! Go asap! ...Read more

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I have red itchy rash on thighs, penis, stomach hands, what is this and treatment?

I have red itchy rash on thighs, penis, stomach hands, what is this and treatment?

Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I am 34. I have a red rash on the sides of my stomach and back. It is linear and itchy. It feels dry, but not bumpy. What is it?

I am 34. I have a red rash on the sides of my stomach and back.  It is linear and itchy.  It feels dry, but not bumpy.  What is it?

Stretch marks?: Aka striae= scarring on the skin with an off-color hue, caused by tearing of the skin, which over time may diminish, but will not disappear completely. Often associated with rapid growth/ weight changes. And may be influenced by hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, bodybuilding, hormone replacement therapy, cushing syndrome etc..I suggest consulting doc for eval. Good luck. ...Read more

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Stomach has been itchy for awhile. However only becomes really itchy if I scratch. After scratching a red rash appears. Recurs if scratched. Thoughts?

Stomach has been itchy for awhile. However only becomes really itchy if I scratch. After scratching a red rash appears. Recurs if scratched. Thoughts?

Scratching ↑es most: skin irritations, itching, whatever the basis. Physical irritation also stimulates more blood flow into capillaries, thus the ?ed red color. Need a dermatologist to ask some questions & look at the situation. ...Read more

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I have a rash all over my body apart from my face and stomach but it doesn't itchy it's just very red?

I have a rash all over my body apart from my face and stomach but it doesn't itchy it's just very red?

Probably viral rash: Rashes caused by allergies itch - so this one is not an allergy. Press on a spot for a second. The rash should fade away momentarily & then reappear. If it doesn't you have bruising in the skin - petechiae (see photo) - promptly see a doctor for that. If it does fade & you otherwise feel well give the rash a week or two. If it still doesn't fade away see your doctor then. ...Read more

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I had my gallbladder removed 9 days ago. A large red itchy rash has come up on my stomach is that normal?

I had my gallbladder removed 9 days ago.  A large red itchy rash has come up on my stomach is that normal?

Pain meds: Are you taking any prescription meds for the pain? You may be having an allergic reaction to the meds or even the adhesive from the bandages or the anti-bacterial soap used to prep you for surgery. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) would be a good medicine to try to help with the rash, but if it continues much longer, i would have you doctor examine you. ...Read more

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I have a rash on my stomach on one side and it's little red dots and itchy and cramp like pain where rash is what could it be and nothing is helping?

I have a rash on my stomach on one side and it's little red dots and itchy and cramp like pain where rash is what could it be and nothing is helping?

Shingles possibly: I would call your doctor ASAP for an evaluation. If this is shingles then starting you on an antiviral medication right away could make a big difference in speeding up your recovery. ...Read more

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There is a rash on the right side of my stomach its in a band it's small red and itchy been there for 1 week now i've tried creams and anti histamine?

There is a rash on the right side of my stomach its in a band it's small red and itchy been there for 1 week now i've tried creams and anti histamine?

See doctor: The pattern and location of the rash can be helpful. Itchy, burning, blistering rashes that are in a band like pattern may be "shingles" which is from the varicella -zoster virus which causes chicken pox. The reactivation can occur under times of stress. The rash will follow a "dermatome" which is the nerve root pattern. ...Read more

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I have a red rash on my hips all the way to my stomach. They are small dots that are red and not itchy. I also had some blood splots but they went awa?

I have a red rash on my hips all the way to my stomach. They are small dots that are red and not itchy. I also had some blood splots but they went awa?

Red dotted rash: I assume no trauma,. Would follow up with doctor urgent care today, May be a rash /dermatitis like eczema or early shingles ( unusual for dots to be shingles) or may be due to low platelets which is more serious,so F/U with doc/urgent care today.. ...Read more

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Cause of itchy red rash under stomach and between legs and cure ?

Cause of itchy red rash under stomach and between legs and cure
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Fungus: Fungal infection beneath stomach roll is called intertrigo; that of the groin is tinea cruris. Fungus loves warm, dark, moist areas of body; so keeping those areas dry (change damp clothes/underwear; apply talc or antifungal spray) will help. Use antifungal spray or cream (lamasil/tinactin/cruex/desenex/etc) for at least a week after rash resolves & then as needed for prevention. ...Read more

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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more