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Small bumpy rash on belly button. Noted viral infection. Given antibiotics and shingle cream. Is it shingles?

I went to the doctors yesterday with a small bumpy rash just about my belly button to the right, she thought it could be shingles but noted I also had a viral infection she prescribed me antibiotics and shingle cream , not giving me shingle tablets as I only hav five spots . I have now eight spots with two with black dots in the middle of them. I want to go back to work tomorrow and wonder if that is alright to do? Seeing as the doctor wasn t too sure whether I had shingles or not.
Asked On : Sat, 1 Dec 2012
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bumpy rash with erythema and burning pain in the dermatomical pattern leads to diagnosis of shingles if it is doubtful go for tzanck smear where we find multinuclueated gaint cells which confirms shingles.antiviral tablets if started within 72 hours of rash are useful.if seen after 3 days go for antibiotic ,anti inflammatory agent and calamine lotion
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