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Rash with fever and pain. - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   i am having back ache slight chest pain & left upper arm pain. Also red spots have appeared in all areas of pain
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
ok
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are you having any fever?
User :   not exactly, but yesterday i felt slight chills/shivers
Doctor :  
ok
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are the spots located only on one side or are they bilateral
User :   only on one side, specifically below my armpits, on chest, & little on back. It has appeared wherever there was pain & burning sensation
Doctor :  
ok
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have you had a history of Chicken pox earlier?
User :   yes when I was about 8 years old
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
as per your history, you probably are having Herpes Zoster infection.
User :   ok
Doctor :  
you will need to get it examined for confirmation
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and start treatment for it
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which will involve taking Antiviral drugs and other symptomatic treatment
User :   are there any precautions that need to be taken?
User :   in terms of food & activities?
Doctor :   nothing much, avoid taking non-veg and oily food
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take bland foods
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and take rest, avoid physical activities.
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the main thing is to start treatment soon
User :   ok.
Doctor :   so meet your doctor today itself and start the therapy
User :   is this contagious?
Doctor :  
yes this is contagious, avoid using same cloths, towels.
Doctor :  
this is contagious if the fluid from vesicles get into contact with others.
User :   ok
Doctor :  
Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   what is the tentative duration of treatment?
Doctor :   the antivirals are usually given and should be taken for atleast 5 days.
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and teh other symptomatic treatment for a week
User :   ok
Doctor :  
Start taking Tab Dolo, one tablet two times a day after food
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this will help your pain and fever
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for the antiviral you will need a written prescription
User :   ok
Doctor :  
from the treating doctor, after confirmation of the rash being due to Herpes Zoster
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Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   thats all doc
User :   thanks a lot doc..
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User :   done
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User :   ok
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