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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Me & my fiancé are experiencing a red burning itchy scaling rash. Me on my butt & in the lining of the cheeks. Him on his inner thighs & stomach?

Contact allergy?: May be a contact allergy that could be cause by laundry soap or other additive if you both use the same washing machine for clothes and sheets. Could possibly be bed bugs as well. Best to have your primary care examine the rash, and may need referral to a dermatologist. In the mean time, try to figure out what common environmental exposure you both have, and do some trial and error changes. ...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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Skin 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