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Hi Maytha. Do you have any pictures of the blisters that you can upload?
Got them. Thank you. It looks like the blisters are in or near the center of the red spots. Is this correct? They also appear to be clear bubbles. Is this correct?
While it is difficult to be certain, some of these lesions look like the classic "dew drops on rose petals" that are characteristic of chickenpox. Have you already had this in the past? Have you been exposed recently to anyone that might have it?
Chickenpox in adults can vary from very mild cases (particularly in those that may have had it many years ago and have partial immunity) to severe cases in which there is sore throat, fever, cough, even pneumonia. But if you are pretty sure you have not had it, this would be at or near the top of the list. Most individuals contract chickenpox as children or young adults, but a few are able to avoid it until much later in life. Either way, these lesions should feel better with cool compresses, aloe vera gel, hydrocortisone cream, or capsaicin cream (Zostrix) which is otc.
You're welcome. I did provide you with a likely diagnosis which should be reassuring and a good starting place for a discussion with your doctor.
Are you already using the zostrix cream? You didn't mention that, and I think it is worth a try.