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What causes patches of skin rash on the spine and sternum?

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Posted on Thu, 23 Jun 2016
Question: Can't tell if my boyfriend has shingles or poison oak I've had shingles I think it's shingles but we were going to go to my daughter's house tonight who is pregnant she is never had chickenpox but have had the vaccine his rash goes from the center of his spine around under his arm to the center of his sternum he claims no itch no pain no pain no ill feelings at all the scabs are still a little moist but more towards scabbing stage if we bring our own bedding would she and her baby still be at risk
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (40 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Please, upload an image of this rash for review!

Detailed Answer:
HI and thank you so much for this query.

Please, kindly upload an image for review. This way, I will tell for sure whether this is shingles or not.

To upload an image, click on the upload icon to the right of your dashboard and follow the onscreen instructions. You may also send it directly to customer service at YYYY@YYYY and request that it should be uploaded to your query.

I hope to hear from you and promise to respond promptly. Until next, I wish you well.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Chobufo Ditah (1 hour later)
Hello and thank you I think I uploaded a picture but I will try again after sending this text it is of the first patch that appeared four days ago taken today there's 4 more patches like it the wraparound under the arm to the chest again no complaints it looks much better today since putting a poison oak scrub and calamine lotion on last night once again concerned whether or not to stay at my pregnant daughter's house this evening thank you
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (10 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Is this on one side ONLY of the body?

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thanks for this follow up.

I have reviewed the image attached. While this is suggestive, I will like to know if it is on only one half of the body. Shingles never cross the midline.

Let me know what the response to this question is.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Chobufo Ditah (6 hours later)
Yes one side, from spine around to sternum
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (1 minute later)
Brief Answer:
Then it is most likley shingles!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

This is most likely shingles following the appearance and its distribution. I will suggest he stay away from your pregnant daughter to avoid any potential risk, know and unknown.

I wish you well and keep me posted.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes patches of skin rash on the spine and sternum?

Brief Answer: Please, upload an image of this rash for review! Detailed Answer: HI and thank you so much for this query. Please, kindly upload an image for review. This way, I will tell for sure whether this is shingles or not. To upload an image, click on the upload icon to the right of your dashboard and follow the onscreen instructions. You may also send it directly to customer service at YYYY@YYYY and request that it should be uploaded to your query. I hope to hear from you and promise to respond promptly. Until next, I wish you well.