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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: 1 year ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,
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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.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Not painful, feel like irritated skin
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

ok in that case this is likely shingles.

Should be treated with valtrex still.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Two more questions, I put anti fungal cream on it and it tingles does that make a difference?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What is the difference between shingles and herpes? How can you tell
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year 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