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Wondering if the red bumps I developed over night on Monday

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Wondering if the red bumps I developed over night on Monday are herpes
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 11 months ago.
Hi there,This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist. I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.Yes they look like herpes.Are they painful?Shingles is also possible by the way.Best wishes,It was my pleasure to help you today.If I have answered all your questions, Please rate my response Excellent (click on the 5th star).Please bookmark my profile for fast, reliable and authentic answers!This is the link to my profile:http://www.justanswer.com/medical/expert-mysticdoc/
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Not painful, feel like irritated skin
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 11 months ago.
ok in that case this is likely shingles.Should be treated with valtrex still.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Two more questions, I put anti fungal cream on it and it tingles does that make a difference?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
What is the difference between shingles and herpes? How can you tell
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 11 months ago.
Anti fungal cream will not help as shingles is caused by the reactivation of chicken pox virus.Hence it is viral infection.Herpes is mainly seen in the genital area and they are more painful.Shingles is distributed in band like fashion along the nerves. Best wishes