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Unknown rash

Asked for Female, 27 years

Started itching on my abdomen about 9 days ago. This lump/rash appeared the next day and has grown larger and more red since. I saw a doctor 3 days ago who said to take antihistamines which has stopped the itching, but the rash is now very painful to touch and I am also having sharp pains through the rash area. I wondered if this could be Shingles but the rash does not look as bad as photos online. I do not feel unwell. Can you please advise?

Responses (1)
Dr. Beenish Ehsan
Family Physician - Karachi

Dear Patient,

I'm sorry to hear this. No I do not believe this is shingles fortunately.
However this seems like a bug bite or some form of contact dermatitis. I'm glad to know the antihistamines helped, you can take them for a weak or so. Take an ibuprofen with it like Tylenol and apply a cold cream (without fragrance) or an antibiotic containing cream that's available OTC. This should also be relieved with icing.

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