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Hi I'm a 25 year old male, I maintain a rather healthy and active lifestyle. On August 29th, 2018, I developed a skin irritation on the right side of the abdomen area, there is no visible sign of anything. The irritation feels like my skin is raw/scratched, it is not itchy, pain is mostly felt when rubbing occurs (from shirt). On September 4th the irritation spread to the right side of my back, same type of pain, again no visible signs of anything. I decided to go to the doctors on September 5th as the irritation has been going on for a week, my doctor prescribed me the medications required for Shingles, he told me to take them should a rash appear. It's been over a week since I first had any irritation, I read everywhere that the rash should appear within a few days, should I still be worried about shingles if it's been over a week and still no rash? At this point I just want something to appear so I can know for certain what is going on...the irritation hasn't improved any since it began, I would say it has gotten a bit worse.
Has anyone experienced the initial irritation (without any rash) for more than a few days?
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