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In Jan 2010 I was diagnosed with genital HSV-1. I have only had an initial outbreak and haven't had any sign of it since. I now have a softball size cluster of blisters on top of my thigh about half-way from my knee to the top of my leg.  I went to the doctor thinking originally it was poison Ivy because that is what it resembled at first. Now instead of just a few small bumps and a few blisters it is just one huge blister. I also have a smaller cluster a little higher and am getting some on my arm where my arm would touch my leg, on my back on the opposite side and in my inner thigh. The doctor thought it might be shingles or a herpes outbreak! She put me on 800 mg of Acyclovir 5 times a day. I have had 9 doses and it seems to be getting worse not better. I have had bumps come up and form blisters within just a few hours today. HELP!!! I have been around about 100 kids under 5 over the past month and at least 2 of them have been diagnosed with chicken pox, which I had as a child and I had the shot... Could this be herpes or is there another explanation? They don't hurt like shingles are supposed to either. Just itch like no other!!!  I'm not sick, just sleepy... Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
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101028 tn?1419603004
it's not likely this is herpes or shingles at all. showing up on multiple body parts like this is very , very uncommon.

I recommend going to be seen elsewhere tomorrow for a more thorough work up to find out what is going on.

best of luck and stop back and let us know how it goes :)

grace
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She also mentioned it could be impetigo. I've never really seen this so I'm not sure? Whatever it is it spreads when it comes into contact with an unexposed surface!
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ask your doctor to swab the blisters for both herpes and shingles, this way she/he will be able to confirm the visual diagnosis.

giving you loads of diagnosis possibilities is not very helpful. =) we all want direct answers.
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I went back to the doc today and she sent pictures to several other doctors and they all said It is shingles. Just good to know!! Glad it isn't Herpes! I was scared my kids would get it!! :)
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101028 tn?1419603004
it's too bad it wasn't cultured before you started acyclovir to confirm it. having shingles on 2 totally different dermatones is not likely.

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