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I have a mildly...

I have a mildly painful area on my arm and back. At first I thought it was muscle pain as I have been going to gym after a very long time. Slight rash?!

Doctor's Assistant: When did the rash begin? Have you used any medication for it?

A couple of days. Just now I but on some hydrocortisone and it seems to be helping a little

Doctor's Assistant: Have you seen a doctor about the rash?

No

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Not really! No new meds. Cancer 5 yrs ago

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago

Hello. Thank you for your patience. I am so sorry for the long wait, but I have been busy taking care of patients and have just now come online. Would you like my help with your question today?

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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago

do you have a pic of the rash?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago

it sounds like shingles to me

I need to see the rash though

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Not sure I can get a picture showing rash as it is not particularly bad
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago

can you try?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Did you get the pic?
Are shingles contagious?
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Is there anything I can but on if it is shingles?
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
What causes shingles?
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago

I can't really tell

hard to see

shingles is when chickenpox virus reactivates

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
It is not blistered at all.
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago

It can start without blisters

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
What is the treatment(
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago

anti viral medicine

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
indeed t go to my doctor?!
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago

Yes, absolutely

you need this checked in person

the sooner you get on antivirals the better if it is shingles

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