Dermatology Expert Forum
Shingles? blistery skin soar
About This Forum:

This forum is for questions regarding Dermatology issues, such as: rashes, acne, birthmarks, skin infections, rosacea, and general skin care. All questions will be answered by a medical professional.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

Shingles? blistery skin soar

Twice a year I will have a small round blistery skin irritation that forms in my lower abdomen area just above my pelvic bone (pubic hair area) and below my belly button directly in the middle.   In the beginning stages my skin on my left "love handle" or waist will become extremely sensitive to the touch and will last for about one week.  This sensitivity of the skin only happens on one side of my body usually the left.

About a week later a small round blistery skin irritation forms and last for about 2-3 weeks, occasionally another blistery skin irritation will form next to it making me think these soars spred, b but is usually limited to two soars.  Once the skin irritation/soar forms, the sensitivity of skin on my left waist dissipates.  However,  while I have this blistery skin irritation or soar, my right pubic gland is very painfull and enlarged or swollen.  Once the soar heals and scabs over the pubic gland goes back to normal size and feeling.  

I'm wondering if this sounds like shingles to you?  If not what does it sound like?  I'm a 34 year old male who had chicken pox at a young age.  Also, is it okay to use calamine lotion to dry the blisters out?  These blistery soars are painful not itchy.  5 years ago when I first got this I had the soar swabbed by a doctor and was told it was just an irritation, no disease but it keeps re-occuring bi-yearly so it sounds like something else to me.  Thank you in advance for your response.    
Tags: irritable
Related Discussions
242489_tn?1210500813
Shingles only happens once.  If you keep getting blisters in the same place, it may be herpes simplex, the same virus that causes both oral cold sores and genital herpes.  The only way to tell whether that's what it is would be to have a doctor see and perhaps test them when they're there.  Since that may be hard to arrange, you may want to photograph the blisters when they come.  If this is herpes, there may not be much need for treatment, since the sores heal by themselves.  But you ought to find out what these are.

Best.

Dr. Rockoff
6 Comments
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
If it is herpes why wouldn't it be on my genitals?  Can you explain the sensitive to touch skin on my waist prior to the soar outbreak?
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Sounds like herpes. Herpes can occur anywhere really. The herpes virus lives in a nerve ganglion and what you are feeling prior to this blister is a prodrome. The prodrome is when the virus races to the surface of the skin and what becomes an outbreak. Sounds like a recurrent case of herpes 1 or 2 but probably 2 but go get it checked out!! Get aan IGG Herpes Select Test. Do NOT let them talk you into an IGM Test. Get the IGG test. Good luck
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Shingles can occur more than once.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Red rashes on face and body. Does this mean Shingles? They're itch and burn.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I have small blisters on my hands they don't bust or leak they just      go down an turn into a small brown dot what is that?
Blank
Continue discussion Blank
This Forum's Experts
563773_tn?1374250139
Bhupinder Kaur, MDBlank
Private practice
,
351246_tn?1379685732
Dr. Kokil MathurBlank
Consultant
,
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank