Picture of shingles

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Hi all, could anyone tell me if there shingles look like this...as I said in my post, I don't get much pain at all...just itching and the fatigue,  and feeling lathargic!! It has been a little over a year ago in February and seem to have them more often than not...thanks...have a great eveing all!!

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    I wished mine look like that. Mine look liked a big map of the United States under my chest going to my back.

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      So sorry to hear that....I never have had alot of them. That is why I posted the pictures...was wondering if it could be somthing else. If you don't mind me asking do you get them quit often..or is this your first outbreak of them? Prayers your way that you heal quickly!! Thank you!

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      This is actually my first time. It's been 21 days since my first initial shingles breakout. The blisters finally dried up and skin is peeling. It's still looks a little red, but not as red as 3 weeks ago. Im hoping it won't scar since my shingles was under my chest forming like belt going to my back. The good news is the pain had gone away, I still feel a little sensitivity when I wear shirts but I can finally go to sleep without sleeping in a certain way

      I'm looking at your pictures, maybe I'm wrong but it doesn't look like shingles. More like a pimple or bite. Normally shingles form a pattern or belt like form. Have you gone to a dermatologist or a doctor to make sure it's not something else?

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      Yes I have last February 2016 was my first outbreak.. as you can see in the picture, that is always how they looked.but the first time there were more.I get 3 or four they start clearing up and then I get 3 or 4 more..Not very often do they disappear. The first time I got them they hurt and itched bad..and they are always on one side or the other...and look like the pic I have on here.They are always on my lower back and butt...I went to the emergency room, in Feb 2016..they did not test them..they told me they were shingles and put me on prednozone and the anti-viral medicine...the second time I got them shortly after I went to my dr...he again put me on the meds...I went back a third time to my dr and he said they were shingles..but never tested them...and recommended I take the anti-viral for the rest of my life.but..they make me sick to my stomach and dizzy..so I have just been dealing with them..as I said I dont have a lot of pain with them....but I do get tired and lathargic when I get the outbreak..but again not always....I asked my dr if he could test them..he said he did not need to ..that he knew just by looking at them...they were shingles...I probably should go to a dematologist and find out...as you said and my fiance said they look like a bite...but I can not imagine that I would keep getting bites in the same area and for that long...Also, I do have a lot of scaring! Thanks again for your response!!
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      I'm really sorry that you are going through this. If you don't mind me asking, how old are you? Are you always stress? I know for me the stress from my job is probably the culprit of my shingles. I took a one month leave from work because I was so stress then after a couple weeks when I was suppose to go back to work on that Monday, I was having major anxiety going back to work and when I woke up the next day, I started having the preshingles symptoms like headache, the stabbing or prickling needles in my body. So I had to extend my leave and didn't go back to work until today.

      I know it's hard having the symptoms of Shingles or PHN. During the first week, I was in so much pain where I was getting only 2-3 hours of sleep every night.

      I hope you feel better and try to go to a dermatologist and get a second opinion.

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      Hi Texas, I Have had them off and on for over a year...but only get a few. I will get 3 or 4 ...they start to clear up and I get a few more back.
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    Hi Pattitracy,

    It certainly sounds like shingles, and I'd say it looks like shingles too. I have had recurring shingles since June of last year. 

    My my first outbreak was almost exactly as you describe, with just a small area of rash. I had very little pain - initially it felt like I'd pulled a muscle in my side. The recurrences have been mild and virtually painless, except the last one in January when there was a delay in getting me on antivirals (my doctor decided, rightly, to try a different prescription and for longer, but there was a delay in getting the meds). The result was that I developed post herpetic neuralgia and I've only recently stopped taking amitriptyline for nerve pain. Thankfully though my level of pain has been mild compared to what many others have described.

    With the fourth recurrence, however, my doctor was concerned to find out why I was getting recurring shingles since it might indicate an immunity issue. I am otherwise healthy, apart from athsma and the general issues of getting older, and not stressed. Blood and urine tests were mostly clear but one flagged up something that could potentially be nasty and revealed the cause of of my reduced immunity and recurring shingles. Thankfully, I don't have the 'nasty' but I do have a condition that can occasionally lead to the nasty. I am being regularly monitored and without my doctor's intervention we would never have known about my compromised immunity and possibly discovered too late if I subsequently developed the 'nasty'.

    My reason in telling you this is that I think it would be advisable to find out why you're getting recurring shingles. Recurring shingles can indicate a compromised immunity. Like me, your recurrences are mild, so your immune system is probably doing something but, if it's compromised, it may just not be getting on top of your shingles. I had a whole series of blood tests and a urine test. 

    The medical profession seems to be generally very ill-informed about shingles. Thankfully, my GP was very much on the ball. She even requested a test that another doctor at my surgery told me he'd never have thought of - a 'Bence Jones' test - which was the one that flagged up my immune problem.

    The other thing that might help could be a different antiviral and for a longer period. My doctor changed the prescription last time and gave me 10 days supply rather than the usual 7. At the moment, that seem to have knocked my shingles on the head as my last recurrence began in early January.

    I hope you're able to get some good advice, find out why you're getting such frequent recurrences, and knock it on the head.

    Best wishes,

    David

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    Mine lookeed like that at first on my forehead but then it got re-infected and the one side of my forehead was bright red and very itchy! It is over a year now and I still get really bad itching mainly in and around my eye! Unfortunately I had the complications of PHN
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    That's what mine looks like!!

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      Hi Shoe Lady, I have noticed on here that everyone says to get them tested ..are there different kinds of shingles? I am so tired of getting so many different answers from the medical profession! My dr says there is no need to test them.. He knows they are shingles by looking at them...also I was reading up on shingles and everything I am reading seems to state....they form a belt like rash. As I said..I do not get many...but they seem to come and go often. They start to clear up and I will get a few more.
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      I have never had mine tested either because mine do not always blister and weep. When they do it is a very small window, and I can't get into the dr. My dr does not show any interest and has not offered to test for shingles. Because of this, I am always researching of what else I could have, not it always comes back to shingles. I have recently read a book that talks about there being 31 different strains of shingles. If this is true, it would explain all our different symptoms. I will IM you the title of the book. It's a little "out there" but I believe there is a lot of truth to it and the diet is helping me tremendously!

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