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Have shingles, red lumps on neck, sensitive, irritable, painful, swollen and tingly. What are they?

I have just been told I have shingles . I have a small group of red lumps on base of my neck which (only noticed 5 days ago) are getting blistery and are slightly sensitive and irritating but my biggest concern is the pain I have in my left arm wich goes down to my fingers and I ve had this for a couple weeks - today my hand feels slightly tingly and swollen and the skin on my lower arm feels sensitive like it has a graze or burn . There is no rash on my arm just the lumps on my neck. Is this typical of shingles?
Asked On : Sat, 16 Feb 2013
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hi, thanks for posting your query

The above described symptoms are typical of shingles

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chicken pox

After chickenpox, the virus remains inactive (dormant) in certain nerves in the body. Shingles occurs after the virus becomes active again in these nerves years later

The first symptom is usually one-sided pain, tingling, or burning. The pain and burning may be severe and is usually present before rash appears.

Red patches on the skin, followed by small blisters are seen after 2 days to three weeks of appearance of pain

The blisters break, forming small sores that begin to dry and form crusts. The crusts fall off in 2 to 3 weeks. Scarring is rare.

herpes usually clears up in2-3 weeks .

treatment is as follows:

oral antiviral like aciclovir or famciclovir

oral antihistaminics for burning

pain killers

Hope this helps you . feel free to ask any doubts
Answered: Wed, 20 Feb 2013
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