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Hives/Shingles

I have an autoimmune disease -systemic JRA  that I have been treated for , for approx.  13 years-  I am now in my early 30's.

My question is this- beginning last spring,  I had quite a flare and my medication was increased.  Beginning in August I have had 3 episodes where I first begin to have hives and then approximately a week later,  break out in something that looks similar to tiny boils -  the first time it happened across my back,  the next two times it occured I guess you could say on the side of my ribcage.  The hive episodes lasted about 3-4 weeks each time.  With this last episode one of the spots is taking a while to clear up and that area where it is is very tender---- any hints as to what this might be????  Thank you for your time!
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Annie:

Often I see patients who get outbreaks of small boils on various parts of their bodies.  These represnt "folliculitis," or iflammation of the skin follicles which cover the body.  I have rarely been able to make sense of why these pop out and where they apear.  If left alone and not picked at, they always go away.  They have no contagious or systemic significance.

In your case, I can't hink of any relationship with your JRA.

Have you shown these outbreaks to your doctor?

best.

Dr. R
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