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Can rash under my breast be shingles?

Can rash under my breast be shingles?

Possibly...: Have you had chicken pox before? Does it hurt, is it painful? Does it spread out towards your back? ...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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Will Keflex500mg stop shingles? Traveling over weekend so am I contagious? I'm not scratching so will it spread. On back under bra& left breast?

Will Keflex500mg stop shingles? Traveling over weekend so am I contagious? I'm not scratching so will it spread. On back under bra& left breast?

No: Shingles is caused by a virus. Keflex does not work against virus. If you have shingles, you can spread the virus to someone else who has not had chicken pox, and it can be dangerous to someone who is pregnant. Travelling is not recommended. Seek treatment. ...Read more

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Have small white looking bumps between, slightly to the left of my breast. I had shingles 4 yrs ago insame spot but it wrapped to back. Is this same?

Skin bumps: Because I do not know other symptoms you may have at the same time of the rash, or how these bumps appear.... it is best for you to arrange a physician evaluation. A physical exam is standard and will give a better context for what may be bothering your skin. Good luck. ...Read more

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After 5 days of suspected shingles symptoms without a rash and pain under shoulder blade around to breast area. What else could it be?

Shingle v. skeletal: Even in the absence of a rash, if you have had shingles in the past, you can still have "herpetic neuralgia, " which is simply nerve pain due to the inflammation of the nerves. Alternatively, this type of pain could occur due to "costochondritis, " which is essentially a pulled muscle between your rib spaces. Could have happened during exercise, sudden twist or even because of wire from a tight bra. ...Read more

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During the month of June I had shingles on my left breast. I am still having pain on the breast; I am not sure if it is because of the shingles or it is something else it gets very sore at times?

During the month of June I had shingles on my left breast. I am still having pain on the breast; I am not sure if it is because of the shingles or it is something else it gets very sore at times?

I would think it is: Residual pain from the nerve irritation of herpes zoster/shingles. This is fairly common. About 20% of patients report some pain at 3 months. It does seem to improve with time. There are various treatments for this pain called post-herpetic neuralgia including topical lidocaine or capsaicin or oral medication including gabapentin. Work with your Doctor to confirm the diagnosis and pursue treatment ...Read more

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I have soreness sensativte and bone soreness under breast it also feels weird to touch my skin and it. S not shingles.?

I have soreness sensativte and bone soreness under breast it also feels weird to touch my skin and it. S not shingles.?

Possibly: Shingles is a recurrence of the chicken pox virus on one particular nerve where it has managed to hide. When it activates, it will follow the course or length of that nerve — where you are describing it, front to back along an almost straight line on one side of body only, right or left. Kinda feels like that prior to skin lesions showing up. Check with your doc. ...Read more

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I got a rash on her side that has spread to under the breast. It just looks like a rash but the rash under the breast looks like a blister. Shingles?

I got a rash on her side that has spread to under the breast. It just looks like a rash but the rash under the breast looks like a blister. Shingles?

Shingles?: It may be. The blisters are tiny and called vesicles and grouped close to each other. Generally associated with discomfort, pain, tingling sensation. Many conditions can cause a blistering rash, things ranging from poison oak to diseases of the internal system. Evaluation by a doctor is advised. ...Read more

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12 days ago, I started having left-sided back, side and chest (bottom of breast to bottom of rib cage) paresthesia. Pa-c ruled out shingles. What could it be?

Go up the ranks: See a doctor to find out if you have a problem at the level of the upper thoracic or cervical spine. Imaging (e.g. Mri) may be indicated. Do not be satisfied with a pa's assessment. Seek advice from a higher echelon, as it were. Symptoms are treatable. Cause may not be benign. There's no substitute for seeing a md/do face to face and getting a thorough exam and thoughtful evaluation. ...Read more

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Rash under right armpit, right shoulder and breast... Diagnosed as shingles but now have rash on left side in groin area? Can that still be shingles?

Rash under right armpit, right shoulder and breast... Diagnosed as shingles but now have rash on left side in groin area? Can that still be shingles?

No absolutely not: Rash of shingles is raised and fluid filled. Most important it is extremely painful. You didn't mention pain so I assume that's not a factor. I know this is not shingles because it almost never appears in two dermatomes simultaneously due to the rapid immune response which contains the infection. Go see your dermalogist or fp. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with shingles 5 days ago; have lymphedema on 1 arm from removal of 30 breast cancer involved lymph nodes — what if shingles spreads to arm?

Diagnosed with shingles 5 days ago; have lymphedema on 1 arm from removal of 30 breast cancer involved lymph nodes — what if shingles spreads to arm?

Secondary infection: Good news is that shingles always follows set patterns. The outbreaks follow the course of a sensory nerve. So, if the outbreak isn't now near the arm, it is very unlikely that it will go there. You can search online for shingles dermatomes to see the patterns. If it does make it to your arm, secondary infection is your biggest concern. Be careful the blisters do not pop and become infected. ...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?

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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Can I get plastic surgery if I have Herpes Zoster in the eye? I want to have my nose and breasts done in the future, will it be possible?

Can I get plastic surgery if I have Herpes Zoster in the eye? I want to have my nose and breasts done in the future, will it be possible?

Zoster or simplex?: Do you mean herpes zoster (shingles) or herpes simplex? Zoster is unlikely to be a problem. Operations on the face and eyes can trigger reactivation of HSV1 in people with oral or facial herpes, usually (but not only) in people with known oral herpes (cold sores, etc). But this can be prevented with anti-herpes treatment if necessary. Breast surgery no problem. Discuss with your plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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3 month ago I had shingle on the right side under my breast. Since one month have burning, pinching pain on my leg above knee also on right side?

3 month ago I had shingle on the right side under my breast. Since one month have burning, pinching pain on my leg above knee also on right side?

Unlikely: It's unlikely without the rash that the symptoms you are having in the leg are zoster(the virus that causes shingles), though not impossible. More likely you could have some compromise of one of the lower nerves of the spine, in the so called lumbrosacral region(like a pinched nerve) that is causing these symptoms. If they persists, get worse or have weakness you should seek urgent help. ...Read more

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Nerve pain started on right shoulder blade but goes to center of spine and stiff neck and upper shoulders to front edges of breast. Causes? No shingle

Nerve pain started on right shoulder blade but goes to center of spine and stiff neck and upper shoulders to front edges of breast. Causes? No shingle

Evaluation: The pain could be neurologic, musculoskeletal or possibly visceral in origin. Please have a doctor do a physical assessment and see if more testing is needed. ...Read more

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Any good ways to sooth the pain from shingles on the chest?

Shingles Pain: Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a viral infection of a nerve caused by the varizella zoster virus. It is most common in people over 60 years of age. Most people have little or no pain, that lasts only a few weeks. Some people, mostly over 65, can have severe pain, that is unbearable. For minor pain, take Aspirin or motrin, use capsaicin cream and apply heat or cold, which ever feels better. ...Read more

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Can you have chest pains and shortness of breath with shingles?

Can you have chest pains and shortness of breath with shingles?

Depends on location: If the lesions are on the back, abdomen or sides, they may if it is hard to move. Usually though they don't. ...Read more

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Canfoot nunbness and leg weakness be caused by shingles in chest?

Vzv: Sshingles can cause separate neurologic manifestations (neuropathy, myelitis, etc) from the rash and pain. Would be very unlikely to occcur at same time. ...Read more

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I have a blister type rash that the blisters are matalic in color it is across my whole chest not to one side like shingles please help?

Try domeboro: Soaks to dry up blisters, but I would recommend figuring out the cause of the blisters. (sun exposure, contact dermatitis, blistering disorder). See your derm when a blister is present and a biopsy can be done if necessary to determine what's going on. Doesn't sound like shingles but it isn't always on 1/2 of your body. ...Read more

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Have had a dull pain on left side of my neck for 7 days. 4 days ago I noticed a small cluster of 6 blisters right in the middle of chest. Shingles?

Have had a dull pain on left side of my neck for 7 days. 4 days ago I noticed a small cluster of 6 blisters right in the middle of chest. Shingles?

Likely not: Your question reveals a dull pain on lateral neck, then 4 days later a cluster of blisters in middle of the chest. Shingles is caused by the same virus as chicken pox, and lays dormant and usually strikes elderly people with weakened immune systems. Pain normally referred to as intense, and the blistering would not cross the midline, but be affecting a stripe unilaterally called a dermatome. ...Read more

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I have shingles again in my chest internally is there a way to test if:: there, is no rash?

I have shingles again in my chest internally is there a way to test if:: there, is no rash?

Yes: Shingles is usually diagnosed based on the history of pain on one side of your body, along with the telltale rash and blisters. Your doctor may also take a tissue scraping or culture of the blisters for examination in the laboratory.
Varicella zoster virus tests detect either antibodies produced by the immune system in response to a VZV infection or detect the virus itself. ...Read more

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I am presently suffering with shingles. The rash is gone, but the pain associated with it is almost constantly in the right side of my chest.

I am presently suffering with shingles. The rash is gone, but the pain associated with it is almost constantly in the right side of my chest.

Post herpetic Neural: You have post herpetic neuralgia which is common after shingles. Talk to your doctor about meds to alleviate itsuchvadvtegrtetol or lyrics.
Also, taking an antiviral at the onset of shingles symptoms can shorten the duration of pain ...Read more

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Can a shingles rash start flat and itchy before blisters develop? I had ch px as a child. Just developed a rash on the right side of my chest

Shingles: It is possible to have the rash change over time, but a more common presentation is for there to be pain in the area where the future rash will develop. This pain, rather than itching, leads into the full-blown condition. ...Read more

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I have a rash on the left side of my back and chest in a line. It bubbled and it hurts to breathe. Some say herpes others say shingles. What is it?

I have a rash on the left side of my back and chest in a line. It bubbled and it hurts to breathe. Some say herpes others say shingles. What is it?

Shingles: One-sided, severe, burning/stinging/aching pain with an associated rash is shingles until proven otherwise. See your Family Doc to start meds: Valtrex, pain medication, and sometimes steroids. Hopefully, the process can be managed and aborted. The worst-case scenario could involve months of pain that need to be managed with next-level medications. ...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