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My husband has a painful to touch red splotchy break out on his back. What could it be?

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Dr. Steve Choi
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Shingles

It could be shingles, but without seeing the rash, would need to consider other diagnoses as well such as impetigo or celluitis.
Follow up with your doctor.

In brief: Shingles

It could be shingles, but without seeing the rash, would need to consider other diagnoses as well such as impetigo or celluitis.
Follow up with your doctor.
Dr. Steve Choi
Dr. Steve Choi
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Dr. Robert Nelson
Family Medicine

In brief: Painful could be key

Is it just on one side of his back? Are there any blister-like areas? Does it follow a line along the path of a rib? Was there any pain or discomfort in the area before the breakout? If yes to these questions, it could be shingles.
It is impossible to tell without actually looking at it. See your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.

In brief: Painful could be key

Is it just on one side of his back? Are there any blister-like areas? Does it follow a line along the path of a rib? Was there any pain or discomfort in the area before the breakout? If yes to these questions, it could be shingles.
It is impossible to tell without actually looking at it. See your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Robert Nelson
Dr. Robert Nelson
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Dr. Ew Christensen
Family Medicine

In brief: Depends

This could be many things like shingles, infection, allergenic reaction or something else.
You should have him get into se his physician to have it evaluated. Take care!

In brief: Depends

This could be many things like shingles, infection, allergenic reaction or something else.
You should have him get into se his physician to have it evaluated. Take care!
Dr. Ew Christensen
Dr. Ew Christensen
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