This is a pretty good story for shingles.
It does not sound like a bacterial infection or abscess, especially if it is not rapidly spreading and you do not have fever
Have you noticed improvement on the acyclovir?
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Yes, I am here. OH, thank you so very much, that is extremely reassuring. I just needed a qualified doctor to tell me if it sounded like shingles so that I do not worry all weekend. No, I do not have a fever, just had an upset stomach and slight fever a few weeks ago before this started. What I know of shingles, that goes with it too.
yes, it does
glad you don't have fever
are you any better with the acyclovir?
I don't know that i have had an improvement on Acyclovir, but started so late in the course, I wasn't expecting much (and my GYN said this too)
yes, that's true
and you have an appointment with gyn coming up soon correct?
Next Wednesday. My GYN told me there was not a lot of point in getting a herpes zoster culture since they are not always reliable if not taken from the exact right spot.
that is correct.
are you able to urinate now with the local anesthetic?
You are very reassuring. Yes, I can, even though I know she told me not to use anything but zinc oxide. But it's solution-based and I really mix it in with water or A&D or witch hazel so that it's not so irritating. Anything else you think is safe to use? Is the Domeboro okay? Should I stop the Lotrimin?
domeboro would be fine
the lotrimin is fine but if you have used it for 5 days as directed then you have taken a full course
and do not need to continue unless you think that you do have a yeast infection and are still having discharge
Okay, I will stop it then. I also finished the antibiotic. I never had a discharge at all.
things to consider over the weekend
you should be seen right away if you can not urinate
if you develop fever
or if you develop a spreading rash
but i think that's unlikely to happen at this point
does this make sense?
Yes, it does. If none of that happens - and you are very reassuring that it probably won't - then safe to just wait until Wednesday when I see GYN, correct?
yes, i think so
and i hope you get quite a bit better between now and then
Oh, thank you very much. You don't know how much better I feel about it after talking to you!