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Hello. I would need more information to be able to help here. Please can you let me know:
1) when was he last completely well (ie when did this current illnes start). 2) is he normally in good health 3) is he taking any regular medication 4) please tell me more about the rash - is it raised or flat, does it fade on pressure, is it all over the chest or just in one place, dose it affect both sides of his chest and back, what colour is it. 5) does he have any other symptoms such as headache, flu like symptoms, abdominal pain or diarrhoea or vomiting.
I look forward to being able to help you once I receive your replies
Just a few more questions about the rash - does it affect both sides of his chest or back ie the right side and left side, or is it confined to just one side? And is it painful or itchy.
Yes, we always wonder about shingles, but if the rash is affecting both sides of the chest, that rules shingles out.
From what you have told me, the most likely cause of your husbands symptoms is a simple viral illness. These are quite often associated with spots or a rash. If this diagnosis is correct I would expect him to recover speedily over the next three to five days as they are self limiting conditions that get better on their own. Simple over the counter medications such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can be helpful. However, without examining your husband you will understand it is impossible to be certain about his condition so it is vital that you seek local medical advice if there is any deterioration or concern about his condition. I hope this has has been helpful. Dr ***** *****