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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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I noticed tender swollen lymph nodes in right groin area then day later woke up with cluster of shingles on left thigh? Is this normal?

Dr. Carlo Contreras
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I noticed tender swollen lymph nodes in right groin area then day later woke up with cluster of shingles on left thigh? Is this normal?

Probably unrelated: Shingles is usually very specific in which nerve root distribution it appears and would not be predicted to shift to the other side of the body. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Herpes zoster is also known as Shingles. Shingles is 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 ...Read more


Dr. Terri Washington
Board Certified, Endocrinology
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Is it possible for you to get shingles on your upper thighs?

Dr. Terri Washington
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Is it possible for you to get shingles on your upper thighs?

Yes: Shingles can affect any part of your body, some areas maybe more serious or concerning than others like around the eyes for example. ...Read more

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Dr. Kiley Reynolds
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21 years in practice
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Can shingles be on your upper thigh?

Dr. Kiley Reynolds
Board Certified, Pain Management
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Can shingles be on your upper thigh?

Singles: Yes, shingles can involve your thighs. Shingles can show up in just about any nerve. The typical nerve is in the upper abdominal area. ...Read more

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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Diagnosed w/ shingles a few months ago i have had 4 more since then all n the same local on my left outter thigh Now I have 2 1 on each side Plz help?

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Diagnosed w/ shingles a few months ago i have had 4 more  since then all n the same local on my left outter thigh Now I have 2 1 on each side Plz help?

Doubt shingles, HSV?: Shingles almost never recurs so often, especially at your age and if good health otherwise. Have you ever had genital herpes? Recurrent HSV2 can look exactly like mild shingles and can recur on the thigh. OTOH, HSV outbreaks almost always are one side only. See your doctor ASAP while outbreak is fresh and ask about viral testing from the outbreak for both HSV and shingles, plus an HSV blood test. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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I was diagnosed with shingles - I have it on right side of my back, but now see it on back of thigh too, is that normal. I'm 26 year old healthy femal?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Unusual: My understanding is that Shingles usually affects one dermatome or adjacent dermatomes . Let your doctor know. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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I have a very sore patch of skin next to my ribs and going to my back, no rash, I had the same at top of my thigh a day or so prior, is this shingles?

Dr. Martin Raff
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I have a very sore patch of skin next to my ribs and going to my back, no rash, I had the same at top of my thigh a day or so prior, is this shingles?

Herpes zoster: Shingles is a recurrence of infection with the virus that causes chickenpox. It appears one-sided and encompasses one nerve root segment, although rarely it can cover more than one. It can appear initially as tenderness over such an area, usually followed by the outbreak of an eruption. Whether this is what you have cannot be determined over the net without an exam. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. HECTOR Franco
Board Certified, Dermatology
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I have a rash under armpits, down arm, and inside thigh. It itches really bad. Could this be shingles, any home remedies? I'm 33

Dr. HECTOR Franco
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I have a rash under armpits, down arm, and inside thigh. It itches really bad. Could this be shingles, any home remedies? I'm 33

Not shingles: Shingles is almost exclusively only on one side of the body and it tends to be painful. More likely is an allergy to something that is coming in contact with the areas you mentioned e.g. Soap, body creams or lotions. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Widman
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Rash comes/ goes & migrated from neck, back, thighs--small red sometimes itchy dots, scabs eventually--mild shingles possible 1yr after shingles shot?

Dr. Ronald Widman
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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Rash comes/ goes & migrated from neck, back, thighs--small red sometimes itchy dots, scabs eventually--mild shingles possible 1yr after shingles shot?

Rash: Unlikely shingles as it follows one nerve area of distribution and usually one sided. Consider exposure to something such as soap etc. Also certain viruses can cause rashes. Certain infections can causes rashes. If fever or feeling sick see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Hamsa Jayaraj
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Small red rash itchy scabs has lasted months started nape of neck migrated to back then to back of thigh-right side only--mild shingles possible?

Dr. Hamsa Jayaraj
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Small red rash itchy scabs has lasted months started nape of neck migrated to back  then to back of thigh-right side only--mild shingles possible?

Not Shingles.: Probably fixed drug reaction. Make a list of all meds including all supplements & try to play detective! ...Read more

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Dr. Bradford Romans
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Shingles (Definition)

Shingles is 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 ...Read more


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