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Suggest treatment for rashes on back and in groin area

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Posted on Mon, 18 May 2015
Question: Hi,
I developed these two rashes on Friday afternoon. One is on my back and the other is on my groin area. They have been itchy and bothersome but not too painful. I am under a lot of stress and I was working at my son's preschool but I don't know if that has anything to do with it. I don't have any other symptoms. I feel fine otherwise.
Thank you.
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Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul (24 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Looks like shingles ,Kindly provide details

Detailed Answer:
Hi

I understand your concern regarding your skin problem and I hope I am able to help you in the same.
I have seen the attached pictures .
You seem to have developed a herpetic eruption .
Please tell if the lesions over the back and groin are over the same side of body .
Since when do you have this problem?

Dr Geetika Paul
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Geetika Paul (31 minutes later)
They are in the middle of the body. One is on my groin and the other is on my back in the middle.
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Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul (5 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Looks like av infective eruption

Detailed Answer:
Hi again

Thanks for the details .
The kind of rash you have developed looks suggestive of shingles or a herpetic eruption .
But since shingles presents with fluid filled vesicular lesions only on one side of the body ,either left or right ,so it cannot be shingles .
The next possibility is that of folliculitis or an allergic eruption for which I would advice you to keep the affected area clean and dry . Wash the affected area with lukewarm saline water twice daily. Apply a topical antibiotic cream like neosporin or mupirocin over the affected area twice daily . You might a course of oral antibiotics if the lesion tends to persist or increase.
For confirmation,you can search Internet and check out pictures of shingles and folliculitis to see if you have similar lesions and symptoms .I am sure this will help you .


Dr Geetika Paul
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Geetika Paul (12 minutes later)
I was going to get it checked out by the minute clinic at CVS and that should ease my anxiety a little. I do have a four year old who has been immunized but I want to make sure since I also come in contact with pregnant women. I think it probably is an allergic reaction as well. Thank you.
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Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Best of health

Detailed Answer:
Yes ,the best thing to do is to get it checked owing to your contact with children .

Take care

Wishing you speedy recovery

Dr Geetika Paul
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Brief Answer: Looks like shingles ,Kindly provide details Detailed Answer: Hi I understand your concern regarding your skin problem and I hope I am able to help you in the same. I have seen the attached pictures . You seem to have developed a herpetic eruption . Please tell if the lesions over the back and groin are over the same side of body . Since when do you have this problem? Dr Geetika Paul