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HSV1 or shingles

Hi,

My sister a few weeks back got a horrible rash on her shoulder blistered and and looked like 8 dots clustered together plus two on her neck a few inches away. After seeing an initial general doc she went to a derm doc that said it looked like shingles and gave her antiviral which she took only for one day because of headaches.

It didn't stretch beyond that area but was severely itchy and she said a little painful. She did have chicken pox as a kid so this seemed logical and she's in her later 30s.

She also thinks perhaps she had a cold sore as a kid but isn't sure. I'm unsure as well because I'm younger and can't recall. However it's possible she did not. She has never had the blood test and is unlikely to be convinced to get it.

Regardless, I'm concerned. She fooled around with, which included kissing and possibly in the genital region but no sex with a guy. She claims she did not see any blisters on his mouth but who knows with her. I saw a photo recently of him and he appeared in the pic to have blisters on both sides of his bottom lip.

Essentially i'd like to know if she never had HSV-1 ever and she is wrong about her childhood, then could her shoulder sores which were grouped together and on her front right shoulder have been a first time outbreak of HSV-1? The reason I'm nervous is she had me touch the area before we knew it was infectious and I have something funky on my finger which a derm doctor wasn't sure of. It looks blistery but is not painful or itchy.

My sister does not have any sores on her mouth from kissing him and she claims nothing strange going down below (plus she also said she didn't have any mouth contact in that area).

Is her shoulder HSV-1 or shingles?? (knowing this guy gets lots of cold sores)
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The shoulder isn't really in the area where we would expect HSV 1 infection, but the only way to know what this rash is is to swab it.  But that opportunity is now gone, the test would not be positive this late, I don't believe.  Did the dermatologist do any swab tests from the rash?  

When you say you have something funky on your finger, did you get it evaluated?  If not, and you think it is blistery, I would advise that you go right away and have a PCR swab test done on your finger for herpes simplex virus, just to be sure.

Terri
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I did go to the derm about my finger. The first one I saw two weeks ago had no clue and a week later I saw my regular derm doc from that same office who thought maybe I burned my finger. I did not. I suppose it could be a wart or some sort of callous. It looksike a hardened blister and since it's not changed much in appearance, I haven't a clue.

As far as my sister's rash, no swab was done.and it's too late now.

Would it be correct to say that if that guy had hsv-1 on his mouth that it would more easily spread to her mouth or chin area rather than shoulder?
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Yes, that is correct about the guy and his mouth and her mouth.

Something firm is likely not herpes.

Terri
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