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Skin irritation, small bumps, fluid filled, scars, scabs. Not shingles or STD. Causes and treatment?

I am 23/hispanic male i have some sort of skin irritaion that appeared in the last 6mnth. Its located on my upper abdomen seems to be around& only around my belt line. It came once about 6months ago. lasted 2-4wks. came back just recently, seems irratable in that area. They start as a mini redish/white in color cluster of 3or more little bumbs in 2to3 little clusters all around the mid section kinda close to each other. then filled with some sort of fluid . eventually looked like bubbles until they busted. left scars n scabbed. skin all around looked purple/blk in color then, eventuall all went away. __i used anitbacteria cream to help__ skin never seemed the same around my belt line area, for some reason i feel like any irritaion at all to that part of my body will bring it back. unfortunatly they have came back. started the same i noticed it so i tried to be fragil. around that area. but still irritated not as bad as the first time 6months ago. but they seem to look like blisters or warts .. I ve went into a walk in clinic and the 2doctors there had no idea. they said it looked or seemed like shingles but they doubted it. and were pretty sure it was not a std . what do you think it could be?
Asked On : Thu, 12 Apr 2012
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hi...dear user.,
Thanks for choosing HCM.,
Skin irritation around the belt line..,
once in 6 months, white colour with little clusters
and scabbed and blisters....likely to be VIRUS..,
lesions in abdominal area....likely to be HERPES ZOSTER.,
But HERPES ZOSTER have....unilateral dermatomal pattern with grouped vesicular lesions.,
with scabs.....once occured gives lifelong in Ur case..,
due to chronic scratching....mixed with fungus..,
So use...Betamethasone.,miconazole and gentamycin cream.,
for application.,Tab.cetrizine daily for 10 days..,
Tab Fluconazole weekly once for 6 weeks..,
Answered: Tue, 10 Jul 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Aparna Kohli's  Response
Thanks for writing in.
Given your history, I would think that it either herpes zoster ( or shingles) or herpes simplex as such. It would be shingles if you had some kind of severe pain alongside. It is extremely unlikely to be a sexually transmitted disease.
The treatment for both these conditions would involve oral anti viral drugs like acyclovir or valacyclovir. I think it would be best if you see a dermatologist and get these lesions treated. This will help reduce the likelihood of complications like post herpetic neuralgia.
Hope this helps.
Answered: Thu, 12 Apr 2012
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