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This medical problem relates to my mom. She has severe Osteoarthritis. Had kidney disease brought on by perscription drug for sinuses, is now under control. Takes eprex twice per month, low dose blood pressure medication, hydromorpine (1mg tablet) 6 per day if needed and telylenol arthritis medication. The red band has been present for about 3 - 4 weeks. Do not think it is shingles. Band is very uniform right across the stomach area (under the skin flap) it is about 1 inch wide stretching across the front of the stomach. There are no blisters or sores. It has become itchy after the zinc oxide was applied. Hope this helps.