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Dr. S. Attili, Dermatologist & Dermatopathologist
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Experience:  MRCP (Dermatology), Int. Board Certification in Dermatopathology
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My husband has a rash that hurts. It looks like poison ivy

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My husband has a rash that hurts. It looks like poison ivy but doesn't itch. What is it and what can we do for it?
Hi. I will do my best to advise. However, please note that this does not substitute an in-person consultation with a doctor.
Where is it? When did it start? Are you able to upload pictures?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
It started on his nipple - it had a white ring around it and was very sensitive. Now it hurts even for his clothes to touch it. He has a rash that started close to it that looks like poison ivy but does not itch. This morning it is on his back and in his armpit. It started two days ago. Cannot upload pictures.
Is it just on one side of his body or are both sides affected? Has he started any new medications?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
It is on the right side of his body. No, new medications.
Ok. I cannot be certain without seeing pictures but it sounds like he might have shingles.
Can you please look at this website below nd see if the history matches?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
The blisters look like it. The other two pictures don't seem to apply. What can we do to ease his pain until tomorrow when he can get to the doctor?
Herpes can can be controlled by taking paracetamol .5-1gm 6 hourly. In addition if needed brufen 200mg twice daily can help. Using cold compresses will also help cool the skin down Nd make it less sensitive. If your doctor tomorrow is happy that this is indeed shingles, he will prescribe aciclovir for the infection and Gabapentin for the pain if needed.
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