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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?

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

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Is it possible for you to get shingles on your upper thighs?

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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Treating Shingles (Checklist)

Seek healthcare professional for treatment
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Prevent exposure to people without history of chicken pox
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Take ibuprofen or naproxen for pain and inflammation
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If prescribed anti-viral medication, take appropriately and completely
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Can shingles be on your upper thigh?

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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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?

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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Treating Shingles (Checklist)

Seek treatment immediately
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Wear loose clothing over lesions
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Keep lesions clean by washing daily
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Take antivirals as directed
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Treating Shingles (Checklist)

Seek help ASAP, ideally within 72 hours
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Avoid scratching the lesions
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If prescribed antivirals, don't skip doses.
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If 60 or older, consider getting shingles vaccine
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Left leg really sure. X-rays show no break/chip. Now small red rash/bump on back of thigh above knee. Could this be shingles?

Left leg really sure. X-rays show no break/chip. Now small red rash/bump on back of thigh above knee. Could this be shingles?

Shingles?: Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. Therefore, for it to be shingles, the rash must look like chicken pox. The rash starts out as vesicles, or small sized fluid blisters that eventually scab over. If this is what you see, it could be shingles and you should see a doctor right away to be placed on antiviral medication to stave off post herpetic neuralgia, a very painful condition. ...Read more

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