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Herpes zoster, arm pit - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
User :   yesterday my brother was diagnosed with herpes zoster
Doctor :   Hi
User :   is this s serious concern
User :   he is just 27
Doctor :   where on the body did it occur?
User :   near the arm pit
User :   underarm
Doctor :   Herpes Zoster is not a serious infection but it is very painful burning
Doctor :   it needs an antiviral medicine if taken within 48 hours of its onset
Doctor :   Else the doctor will prescribe only symptomatic treatment
User :   he recently was operated for circumcision
User :   and had taken antibiotice
Doctor :   Ok
User :   is this related?
User :   he is fully recovered from the circumcision procedure
Doctor :   Herpes zoster can occur during stress
Doctor :   whether it is physical or mental stress
User :   the operation happened 3.5 weeks bacj
User :   back
Doctor :   Ok we cannot relate it so far
User :   but i heard from a friend that it might indicate a seripus underlying disease including cancer
User :   is this true
User :   and is screening required for cancer
Doctor :   IT indicates an immunosuppresion
Doctor :   If your brother's general health is good
Doctor :   you should not worry about cancer
Doctor :   He does not need any screeniong
Doctor :   In cancer patients, herpes zoster can occur
Doctor :   and not viceversa
User :   ok
User :   what should he worry about?
User :   if any
Doctor :   Just take symptomatic treatment
Doctor :   nothing else should
Doctor :   worry him
User :   what are the other signs of a suppressed immune system
User :   ?
Doctor :   tired, recovering from illness, frequently falling ill
User :   ok thank you
User :   for assisting
Doctor :   Do you have any more questions regarding this
Doctor :   Pleasure here
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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