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Doctor insights on: Mild Shingles Sensitive Skin On Left Arm

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I have sensitive skin on my left hand and upper left arm that feels sore to touch?

I have sensitive skin on my left hand and upper left arm that feels sore to touch?

History neck injury?: Sounds as if you may have a compressed nerve in your neck that may be causing these symptoms. Do have have history of a neck injury, car accident? Any weakness in your left hand or left arm A physician should be able to give you advice on possible workup, treatment including exercises and medicines. Happy healing! ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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I have recently developed very sensitive skin. It started on my lower left arm and is now across my upper back. Sore to touch but no rash visible. ?

I have recently developed very sensitive skin.  It started on my lower left arm and is now across my upper back.  Sore to touch but no rash visible.  ?

See a doctor: Your sensitive skin may be a sign of a more serious medical condition and should be evaluated by your doctor as soon as possible. Contact your doctor right away to set an appointment. ...Read more

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I woke up today with sore, sensitive skin up and down my left forearm. I also have painful lymph nodes under my arm and breast. What could this be?

I woke up today with sore, sensitive skin up and down my left forearm.  I also have painful lymph nodes under my arm and breast.  What could this be?

LNs: Time to get an exam. Sensitive skin from elbow down forearm to 5th finger is often pressure on the ulnar nerve at elbow. But with axillary lymph nodes, time for an exam if they are enlarged, tender, etc. ...Read more

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Had shingles before. Started w/ sensitive skin. Have same feeling on side of face. Anyway to detect/stop them before progessing?

Had shingles before.  Started w/ sensitive skin.  Have same feeling on side of face.  Anyway to detect/stop them before progessing?

Yes: See your doctor asap and get on a medication to stop it before a full outbreak especially since it is on the face. ...Read more

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Hormonal imbalance. Need a solution to remove darker hair on lips, arms, back etc. Also have sensitive skin. Young women in need for assistance. ?

Hormonal imbalance. Need a solution to remove darker hair on lips, arms, back etc. Also have sensitive skin. Young women in need for assistance. ?

See your PCP: You may have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, especially if you are overweight and have irregular cycles. Best to get a physical with baseline blood work, and then options can be discussed.
Best Wishes ...Read more

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My daughter is 12 and her skin has been really weird lately. Very sensitive skin, easily bruised , arm pits swollen, looks pale, and tired a lot.

My daughter is 12 and her skin has been really weird lately. Very sensitive skin, easily bruised , arm pits swollen, looks pale, and tired  a lot.

Bruising: Easy bruising can occur when the blood vessels are weakened by diseases (such as scurvy), medications (such as aspirin, Prednisone and prednisolone), and aging. Easy bruising can also occur because of absent or deficient blood-clotting elements. Take your daughter to the doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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My arms, top of legs and stomach get really itchy but only when any type of clothing touch them. I use sensitive skin unscented detergent. Any ideas?

My arms, top of legs and stomach get really itchy but only when any type of clothing touch them. I use sensitive skin unscented detergent. Any ideas?

Dry skin?: The first thing to do would be applying a moisturizer all over < 3 minutes after bathing while avoiding scented or anti-bacterial soap. If the itching persists after a week , consider seeing a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Right hand pain. Sensitive skin upon touch. No trauma wrist rotation and use of hand painful all fingers hurt forearm pain when rotating wrist. Cause?

Right hand pain. Sensitive skin upon touch. No trauma wrist rotation and use of hand painful all fingers hurt forearm pain when rotating wrist. Cause?

Hand Pain: This is an unusua and complexl enough mix of symptoms that i'd say you should be seen by a hand doctor. That's not to say you need to worry about it, but some things just need to be seen in person. ...Read more

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Hi my left arm feels cold . And hurts abit was diagnosed with shingles over a week a go but that never happend. Had ECG was clear?

Hi my left arm feels cold . And hurts abit was diagnosed with shingles over a week a go but that never happend. Had ECG  was clear?

Atypical: Your symptoms are atypical for angina and you are young. Shingles usually burns and is painful. Still shingle can have many features and symptoms. You dont even have to see a rash to be diagnosed with it. Other causes could be vasospasm or blocked arteries to arm. Pinched nerves as well. Go back for follow up and see if more testing is needed to sort things out. ...Read more

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I have pain in my left arm that goes from my hand up my arm. My skin is very sensitive and I have aching pains. What can it be?

I have pain in my left arm that goes from my hand up my arm. My skin is very sensitive and I have aching pains. What can it be?

See your Dr.: The symptoms described above could be do to nerve entrapment, entrapment neuropathy, thoracic outlet syndrome, crps (rsd) or other conditions. The diagnosis can be tricky and often a few specialists have to be consulted before the diagnosis is confirmed. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/ shingles, without ever having chickenpox? I got both vaccination shots, and somehow I have shingles now on my left arm. How? What's up?

Diagnosed w/ shingles, without ever having chickenpox? I got both vaccination shots, and somehow I have shingles now on my left arm. How? What's up?

Vaccine/wild disease: The weakened but living virus in the chickenpox vaccine has the potential in your lifetime of emerging as shingles. It does so the same way the wild germ does, but studies to date have shown the risk of shingles lower after the vaccine than the wild virus.If your case is due to the vaccine, and not a mild case of chickenpox you might have still had, it would have the weakened strain. ...Read more

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I am 48 male and have mild skin burning sensation 247 in between wrist and elbow for last 3 mnths. My same left arm pains intensely when i lift load.

I am 48 male and have mild skin burning sensation 247 in between wrist and elbow for last 3 mnths. My same left arm pains intensely when i lift load.

Could be nerve root: Your description sounds like a cervical nerve root problem. Injury to the peripheral nerves exiting from your neck can cause pain, paresthesias (pins and needles), numbness, and/or weakness. You would benefit from a consultation with your doctor to delve into this issue further. Good luck to a quick recovery. ...Read more

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Can I get shingles on an arm and leg same side?...one week apart?...painful, blisters, and itching is awful...diagnosed left arm was shingles,....

Can I get shingles on an arm and leg same side?...one week apart?...painful, blisters, and itching is awful...diagnosed left arm was shingles,....

See a dermatologist: Very unlikely [not impossible] to have shingles in 2 different nerves. Severe itch is not a feature of shingles. Call a dermatologist and indicate that it is urgent. If you fail to get an immediate appointment, insist that your PCP call and demand it. ...Read more

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Having tingling on left side of face ,near cheeks and mild pain in head. Sometimes numbness in left arm. Also having extensive watery eye.

Having tingling on left side of face ,near cheeks and mild pain in head. Sometimes numbness in left arm. Also having extensive watery eye.

Mononeuritis multipl: you have inflammation, of multiple nerves going to your face and arms. This can be due to something as simple as a virus, or some other inflammatory process. You need to be seen as soon as possible, so that this can be treated and result before it leads to more serious symptoms such as weakness. ...Read more

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I have blister rash on my left arm, a little on left back, and right arm. Now my kids have the chickenpox. Do I have shingles? I went to urgent care and the said it is not shingles because it is also on my right arm. But it looks like it and it hurts and

I have blister rash on my left arm, a little on left back, and right arm. Now my kids have the chickenpox. Do I have shingles? I went to urgent care and the said it is not shingles because it is also on my right arm. But it looks like it and it hurts and

You : You know the old saying: "if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and walks like a duck, it is". Varicella zoster, the technical name, results when a person who has had chicken pox has it re-activated later in life. While the rash is usually in the distribution of one nerve root, bilateral cases have been reported but they are rare. The rash of vz is typically a blister the itches and burns. The rash of scabies consists of a very itchy collection of tiny blisters that, in people with good hygeine, may be seen on the spaces between the fingers or on the legs. It lasts until treated. Vz often starts with pain and then a few days later the erruption of blisters that dry up after a week or two. It is really unlikely that you and your girls have two different things. I know of cases where an adult caring for a child with chicken pox had an attack of vz afterwards. Children without immunity to chicken pox can catch them from an adult with vz. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is usually not very helpful. In vz the treatment if caught early may be an antiviral drug. For the pain, Gabapentin or Pregabalin are prescribed. Most doctors suggest the zostavax injection to prevent vz in people over 60 because the incidence of post herpetic neuralgia increases with age.
Good luck! i know what it feels like. ...Read more

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Should i go to work with shingles? It is on my chest, left arm and left hand. I am on Valtrex (valacyclovir) but do not want to spread chicken pox at work. Help.

Should i go to work with shingles? It is on my chest, left arm and left hand. I am on Valtrex (valacyclovir) but do not want to spread chicken pox at work. Help.

Things to ponder: Those with shingles do not spread CPX airborne in a cough or in saliva like a kid with chickenpox. It can only be spread by the debris from the sores. If you have that covered and everybody practices good hand washing, it should never transfer. Data suggests 90%+ of adults are immune anyway. ...Read more

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Pea size lump under skin on mid back to left.it stings and causin burning pain round into breast&down arm.Doc said shingles 2 week ago but no rash?

Pea size lump under skin on mid back to left.it stings and causin burning pain round into breast&down arm.Doc said shingles 2 week ago but no rash?

Diagnosis: This may be a neuroma, might be shingles, or several other possibilities. Would need to see it in order to diagnose. Suggest that if you are not confident in the doctor's diagnosis that you get a second opinion. ...Read more

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I'm having problems with my left arm it goes numb and pain in my head goes down my left and I always have a headache?

I'm having problems with my left arm it goes numb and pain in my head goes down my left and I always have a headache?

Many possibilities: That can be a nerve problem, stress or anxiety related, migraine or related headache, and rarely cardiac, especially at your age if you have no cardiac history. It may also be related to a past injury, for example if you are or were an athlete, from inflammation or a disc problem. You really have to get that checked out by someone who can examine you in person and get a better history. ...Read more

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I'm struggling with head pressure, but sometimes the side of my face and my left arm become heavy. Should I be worry?

I'm struggling with head pressure, but sometimes the side of my face and my left arm become heavy. Should I be worry?

Can't answer: too little data. How long? Other health problems? "Heavy" only a feeling or actual loss of funtion? Can't tell you how to feel about it. See doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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I am getting blood spots under the skin on only my left arm. They appear suddenly and fade away in about 10 days. What causes them?

I am getting blood spots under the skin on only my left arm. They appear suddenly and fade away in about 10 days. What causes them?

Doctor can evaluate: Blood spots on the skin are called petechiae (purpura if they are bigger splotches), and are due to blood cells leaking out of the tiny blood vessels in the skin. After the blood cells have leaked out, the area behaves just like a bruise (the body breaks down the blood cells into different colored pigments, and carries them away over a week). The Dr. wants to find out why blood cells were leaking. ...Read more

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Small soft lump on left arm pit, white liquid comes out when i squeeze but it is not right on the very surface of the skin , there's about .25 inch of skin on top of it. I can move it around. ?

Sebaceous cyst: It sounds like a sebaceous cyst. This happens when the glands that produce oil on your skin do not drain properly and creates a small pocket. It can be expressed out with out pain. You will need to watch it in case it gets infected, then it will turn red and can hurt. This is not a serious condition. Should discuss with your physician at next visit and have examined just to make sure. ...Read more

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I can't lift left arm above head what possibilities of this?

I can't lift left arm above head what possibilities of this?

Several: possibilities include shoulder trauma/inflammation, nerve entrapment, stroke, inflammatory muscle disease such as polymyalgia rheumatica. ...Read more

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Pain in right side of head and left arm not functioning?

Pain in right side of head and left arm not functioning?

If you truly: have a motor or sensory deficit of your left arm coincident with a right sided headache of significance then you need immediate medical evaluation. Transport to an ED now is my suggestion, If a false alarm, then so be it, but better that than ignoring something serious and potentially life threatening. ...Read more

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What could cause sharp, sudden, simultaneous pain in head, left arm, and back?

It could be from: A pinched nerve from the neck/cervical spine from spurs from degenerative arthritis/spinal stenosis or brain ischemia/bleeding(remotely). Get evaluated by your dr for a thorough exam.! ...Read more

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I have a bump on the forearm of my left arm with looks like a inflated piece of skin(small)?

I have a bump on the forearm of my left arm with looks like a inflated piece of skin(small)?

Skin lesion: This lesion needs to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have non-itchy red dots growing and spreading under my skin as i age on my left arm. What is it?

Angiomas: Cherry angiomas are the most common vascular lesions to appear on human skin. They are made up of clusters of dilated capillaries on the surface of the skin, which accounts for the cherry-red or purple color. No one knows exactly what causes them.
Cherry angiomas can occur almost anywhere on the skin, but most commonly on the torso. They rarely occur on the hands or feet. ...Read more

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Why is my left arm and face tingling? If i turn my head far left, the back side of my left arm pains.

Pinching nerve: Your symptoms sound like a pinching nerve causing parasthesias. I would see a dr. And get a clinical exam and the proper testing to diagnose your condition and then get the appropriate treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more