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Hi, my husband got shingles, he just turned 50.
He felt a weird ache sensation under skin but not muscle on his right side 10 days ago ( day 1 ).
A few days later he noticed rash on his belly he thought was dry skin or bug bites. he was also feeling he was coming down with something thought it might be flu.
Day 7. Multiple rash with blister, on right side ( belly, back, buttock ) Bad headache right back of head. Finally emailed his GP in the afternoon and got antiviral ( acyclovir 5 times a day )in the evening before pharmacy closes.
it seems antiviral has helped his headache. It went away the next day.
but rash continue to spread like wild fire. Area afflicted got 5 times bigger. covering much of his right side, lower back to buttocks, also to belly. Hundreds of thousands of blisters.
on his right groin area, he developed a pink/discolored patch, no blisters or rash, just skin color turn pink and then slightly darker and expanding.
day 10: yesterday he was feeling better energy wise. although still awful looking, rash area has not changed much. Some blisters have turn very dark red. So far the rash area, though really large, has not been too painful, but it is getting more sore and uncomfortable.
day 11: today he woke up feeling exhausted although he slept ok. Now also discovered several new bug bite looking rash spreader along on his right arm. Now we are thinking maybe virus has spread to the arm.
my question is: why new rash? Did antiviral stop working? Has anyone experienced this kind of regression?
He is 50 years old without known health issues but now I am thinking his immune system somehow might be compromised. maybe he should ask his doctor to prescribe some blood test, what kind of test?
He is finally going to see his GP. But maybe he should ask to see a specialist? Dermatologist or neurologist?
Sorry this is a long post. thanks for reading and I’d really appreciate your response.
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