I think I have shingles

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I have a rash on the back of my leg. I've had it for about 3 days now and it is spreading up to the bottom of my butt cheek. It was itchy and painful a week before the rash actually came out. Also when I would scratch it would hurt so bad. It is very painful to the touch still and I can't even sleep because the pain keeps waking me up at night. It has blisters and it kinda looks like a bruise around the rash. And it hurts like a bruise would. I'm scared but I don't want to go to the doctor. I'm afraid they'll just tell me it's "nothing" and send me on my way. I wish I could upload a picture maybe that way people will be able to relate.

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    Please go to the physician now as any rash that has blisters, especially waking you up at night due to the pain, certainly could be Herpes Zoster (Shingles.) You need to go to Urgent Care and get a ten day supply of either Famciclovir or Valcyclovir and start it today. The description of how it started sounds like shingles.

    Please let us know how you make out.

    Merry Juliana

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