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Reddish swollen rashes on the waistline. What are they?

hi my name is alan I m 28 years old i woke up one morning with a cluster of red dots which were really painfull on my waistline i thought it looked like something bit me. under the rash it is swollen and feels almost bruised. I thought i would leave it for a few days and see what happened and then i noticed another cluster of red dots which are less painfull than the ones before. please help.
Asked On : Fri, 1 Feb 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hello Alan,
Welcome to healthcare magic
I am thinking of shingles. Is the rash limited to one side of the body? Shingles can have grouped painful vesicles. Without an opportunity to closely examine the lesion, I would not be able to accurately specify the condition. You might need to consider a consultation with dermatologist for assessment and work up.

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Answered: Wed, 24 Jul 2013
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