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Mystery rash.

Wtf is this.

Miles. Almost 15yrs old. It's in 3 spots. This one is on his belly. The others on his side and back.

Noticed it yesterday. More welty today but not spreading. He says it stings and is itchy.

He's never had chicken pox.
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Shingles.
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Shingles.
My nurse friend just said the same thing.

Fuck.
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Get him to a doctor asap. If it is shingles, anti-virals work very well. Are the patches roughly in a line around his body?
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Get him to a doctor asap. If it is shingles, anti-virals work very well. Are the patches roughly in a line around his body?
Not really. That pic shows the largest clumping. He's got another spot a bit smaller but spaced out the same on his lower back. And then two chicken pox-like dots on his side.
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This is his back...
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Do they zig zag up and down in placement or follow a line thought? Is it on half his body or both halves?

It does look like a shingles/herpes/cold sore kind of rash to me, but I'm not a dermatologist.
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Do they zig zag up and down in placement or follow a line thought? Is it on half his body or both halves?

It does look like a shingles/herpes/cold sore kind of rash to me, but I'm not a dermatologist.
It's only one side. But it seems to zig zag.
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man, i hope it is not shingles. that sucks. i would guess it is, though.
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The way it looks to go in a line (from the two pictures) and the way it's only on one side, plus the stinging/itching really do make it seem like shingles. Which sounds pretty miserable for a 15yo. Is it possible to get him into a doctor tomorrow?
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Yes, we should be able to find a Dr tomorrow. His paed is off. He seems totes fine otherwise. Says he doesn't feel sick. No fever. I'm happy it doesn't seem to be spreading but I don't know how this virus works. Maybe it will still get worse, I don't know.
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Hopefully it's a more benign rash, but you don't want him miserable on New Year's day either.
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Does it stop at the midline of his body? I am guessing Shingles and it sucks.


ďI donít know why we donít create some sort of system where we could train [Syrian refugees] to then go back to their own country and then fight for that country. Doesnít somebody have to stay in the Middle East and make the Middle East a better place to live?Ē

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Does it stop at the midline of his body? I am guessing Shingles and it sucks.
Well, yes. Because it's sort of a band midline of his torso.
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If it stops and starts halfway on one side of his body, for example starts at spine, doesn't go past navel, that is kind of a Shingles thing. I am no doctor, but I had the Shingles. Hope it is just some weird teen thing and not Shingles! Click here to enlarge


ďI donít know why we donít create some sort of system where we could train [Syrian refugees] to then go back to their own country and then fight for that country. Doesnít somebody have to stay in the Middle East and make the Middle East a better place to live?Ē

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Although I think kids usually get a mild case of it.


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I've seen too many of those shingles vaccine commercials Click here to enlarge
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I've seen too many of those shingles vaccine commercials Click here to enlarge
Those complications are mostly in older people. Dh had it at 30, and despite an initial misdiagnosis that made the rash much worse, his only lasting effect was slight scarring on his back, only visible when he is sweaty and overheated. I blame that on the prescribed cortisone cream though, not the initial infection.
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i am curious, did he have the chicken pox shot and did he get a booster?
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i am curious, did he have the chicken pox shot and did he get a booster?
No. My kids never got that one. It's always been optional here.

He's also showing signs of gluten intolerance. Who knows. Will have to wait for the Dr.
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