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What causes small itchy bumps on the right lateral side of abdomen?

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Posted on Thu, 19 May 2016
Question: I noticed this about 5 days ago. Small bumps on the right laterall side of abdomen that have slightly developed more prominently that might have slightly spread. They slightly itch but I haven't itched them. The only thing I was doing was applying Gold Bond Triple Action cream that is for dry, itchy skin. My assumption was that this was some type of bug bites I got while sleeping. But then I talked with some people and think it might be shingles. As I read up on shingles there is a slight burning sensation that goes along with it and it happened on the side of the torso which I guess shingles can do. If it is shingles, does it make sense to go to a doctor? It is really not very painful and doesn't itch alot; it's more of a slight annoyance I can sense throughout the day. I asked a pharmacist today and they told me that a doctor will just prescribe a steroid or something to help with the pain. Does a doctor give an antiobiotic for this if it is shingles or is shingles something that you just let heal over time on it's own?One other thing, the very slight burning sensation I get upon touching is not on the bumps but on the right side of my belly.
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (33 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
This is probably shingles!

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

I am so sorry to hear about this rash that you have reported. I have reviewed the images fully and this is very suggestive of a possible shingle attack. It is late to prescribed acyclovir as thesis best before the rash breaks out. Best treatment at this time is managing the pain and making sure that the rash is cleansed and doesn’t get infected. Pain medications such as a combination of Tylenol and Ibuprofen are helpful If pain persists, then ask your doctor for more potent prescription pain medications.

Shingles break out in persons with a weakened immune system. at your age, this is not typical and I will like that you see the doctors so that they can as well investigate what the possible reasons for this outbreak are. If it is n underlying disease condition, that would be addressed as well in addition to pain medications and “wound” care for the rash.

I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be. Above all, thanks for using our services.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Chobufo Ditah (51 minutes later)
So if I go to see a doctor so that they can investigate why someoone my age got a shingles outbreak, what would they do to investigate? Would they do lab tests? And what is the suspected reason for someone my age getting this shingles outbreak?
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Most likely immune depression!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Possible causes are poor nutrition, medications such as steroids, treatment for cancers, diabetes, infections such as HIV/AIDS, chronic alcoholism, etc. In some instances there are no identifiable causes and that is well understood. Seeing a doctor doesn’t necessarily means you would have one of these conditions but making sure that if there is any, you are diagnosed and managed accordingly.

I wish you well.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Chobufo Ditah (43 hours later)
Hi again,
I did go to see a doctor in an urgent care center about my skin condition. He looked at it and said yes it is shingles. He gave me valacyclovir to take for it. And said I could use calamine lotion on it. He said it should go away after 2 weeks or so and that the skin might feel slight pain weeks or months down the road.

It has been over 24 hours since seeing the doctor and the calaline lotion is helping the previous blisters start to form and look like the may begin to heal soon, but it looks like a couple more bumps developed. These bumps may have been slow forming and I might nighthave noticed them before they grew larger. I hope it doesn't spread. Any thought sor advice on this?
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (21 hours later)
Brief Answer:
It’s not unexpected!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

The rash never all comes up at once. Some comes later and that’s what your have reported. Glad you are on medications already. Monitor the progress of treatment as that is the most essential thing to do. Am glad your doctor told you some real facts especially about the possibility of pain post healing for weeks and even months.

Keep me posted on your progress.
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What causes small itchy bumps on the right lateral side of abdomen?

Brief Answer: This is probably shingles! Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about this rash that you have reported. I have reviewed the images fully and this is very suggestive of a possible shingle attack. It is late to prescribed acyclovir as thesis best before the rash breaks out. Best treatment at this time is managing the pain and making sure that the rash is cleansed and doesn’t get infected. Pain medications such as a combination of Tylenol and Ibuprofen are helpful If pain persists, then ask your doctor for more potent prescription pain medications. Shingles break out in persons with a weakened immune system. at your age, this is not typical and I will like that you see the doctors so that they can as well investigate what the possible reasons for this outbreak are. If it is n underlying disease condition, that would be addressed as well in addition to pain medications and “wound” care for the rash. I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be. Above all, thanks for using our services.