I am 35 years old and have been having a reoccurence of herpes zoster(shingles) on my arm for about 10 years now. It is always in the same area on the back of my forearm, about the size of a quarter. I had gone to a dermatologist who diagnosed it about 7 years ago. It comes about once every 6 months or so, sometime 9-12 months. It is controllable for me with Valtrex as long as I take the medicine upon initial feeling of it coming on. I understand it was caused after I had chicken pox as a child, but my question is why does it keep reoccuring? I think I am a normal healthy person. It is embarrassing and cosmetically ugly as it usually leaves scarring after the process as well. I dont have pain like I have read others to have so much. Mine is mainly itching. Is there anything I can do to stop it completely? And do you recommend that I see my family physician regarding this rather that the dermatologist or should I see a neurologist? Thank you for any help..it worries me so much.
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