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I have had two outbreaks of shingles. they usually only occur on one side of the body (or so they tell me). My mom got these on her face. Started on one side, but spread to her whole face. Massive, horrible blisters. Hers were turning black very quickly (hours) so her nurse and I thought she might have that flesh eating bacteria, so we rushed her to the ER. They isolated her and eventually diagnosed as a severe case of shingles. She spent two weeks in ICU because they were trying to keep it from spreading to her eyes. Just terrible. So much for the one side of the body theory. They never could tell me why she got them all over her face, head, and neck.

 

My shingles itched like mad. And hurt. Down to the bone hurt. It took several weeks for them to go away.

 

I did not have any of the 'warning' symptoms in the area on the first outbreak. With the second, there was an electric shock-like feeling, and some pain and slight itching. When the blisters appeared, the pain was back, but there was itching.

 

i agree that urgent care is a good solution. Second opinions are often a good thing. You shouldn't have to endure that itching and/or pain.

 

I also agree that as a whole, we are a greatly overmedicated society. If they couldn't tell me what was wrong, then I wouldn't just start popping pills like prednisone. Even for a short dose.

 

Hope you feel better soon.

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So last night I headed to urgent care. The first doctor I saw brought another doctor and they were both baffled. First doctor said they had seen 3 other cases of rashes like this in the last few days and it may possibly be something called swimmers itch. (I don't think so, although I did go swimming in a pond a few days before this started. But it was a chemically treated pond.

 

Ironically they said I need to see a derm. I told them about not being able to get in to a derm, but they couldn't help me with that.

 

And I caved and started methylprednisolone today. I also got a different cream and antihistamine. the doc told me this is a very low dose steroid and most people do not experience side affects. I have taken pics of the rash and I'm keeping my Sept. appointment with the dermotologist. I am greatly concerned about the cause. neither doc thought it was viral. I did not seem to get much reflief from the new cream last night. I am on a new drug (for the past 3 months) for IBS, but they said if it was a side affect of that it would be all over my body, not just limbs.

 

I want to thank you all for your opinions and thoughts and the links. I checked out all the links, but didn't see anything that looks like what I've got. I do have a new spot on my index finger that is the size of a pencil eraser and dark red...that is different from the rest. I am praying I can get some relief before vacation.

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:D Unless they are totally new to the area, they should know some dermatologists that they could make a special request of (to get you in earlier). ESPECIALLY if they have seen some other rashes come in recently like that....one would think they would want to know what it is in order to help them treat others.
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Mollie, get yourself a notebook (or create a word doc) and daily write down what is going on with it and any other symptoms that might crop up. (headache, fever, muscle tightness, etc) Write down any symptom even if you think it isn't related (but jot down what you think it was due to) also take pictures every day or two to show the what the sores are doing. Of course notate any and all medications you take and creams that you put on it (and their effect). Take it with you when you go to your doctor.

 

If it is something that is "new" (or at least rare or unusual), it will be good for them to have a good detailed and chronological history of the rash and any other symptoms.

 

Note: don't go getting worked up and worried. The rash will probably heal on its own....it will be good to show the doctor since it will (hopefully) be healed by the time you get in to see him....and if not, you will have a detailed history of it.

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I finished my 6 days of prednisone yesterday and did get a little relief from the itching.....however, I still have new "bites" forming and it is now on my left leg. I did find a derm that will see me on August 9th, so I'm glad about that. My question is...I am seeing my doctor tomorrow, do you think he'll let me take prednisone for two more weeks till I see the dermotologist? I will be on vacation next week and I don't want to deal with the severe itching...

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Millions of people take this drug, if it was that bad why is it on the market?

 

 

 

 

 

seriously??

 

 

Are most people frightened to take short term prednisone for an acute problem such as this?

 

I don't understand why so many people are afraid of short term prednisone. I think people confuse short term vs long term. Long term is when the undersireable side effects can become a problem.

 

I think prednisone is a miracle drug when it comes to dealing with inflamation. I will gladly take it to end my suffering. :P

 

Over the years I have taken it, my dogs and my cats have taken it..............always with the desired result and no side effects.

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Medicine is not an exact science. Sometimes, especially with something like a rash, you may never know what exactly caused it. That is not a reason to suffer needlessly instead of taking a very benign drug to alleviate your suffering.

 

In my case, I was given the 7 day pill packs to ease terrible leg/hip/lower back pain. My primary care physician did not know the EXACT cause of my pain, but he did his best to make my life somewhat bearable until the exact cause was found. Which, by the way, took 6 YEARS and many different doctors until one of them FINALLY got it right.

 

During those 6 years, my primary care physician also gave me Tylenol 3's and 4's in a RESPONSIBLE manner. I took preds and the pain pills sporadically throughout those years just to give me some much needed breaks from the constant pain.

 

Believe me, if I had waited to know the exact cause of my pain before I took a pill, I don't think I would have survived.

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I finished my 6 days of prednisone yesterday and did get a little relief from the itching.....however, I still have new "bites" forming and it is now on my left leg. I did find a derm that will see me on August 9th, so I'm glad about that. My question is...I am seeing my doctor tomorrow, do you think he'll let me take prednisone for two more weeks till I see the dermotologist? I will be on vacation next week and I don't want to deal with the severe itching...

I really wish the Derm could get you in sooner. When you see your doc tomorrow, see if he/she can't pull some strings to get you in sooner. Yeah, a doc can get his butt on a phone and call for you...or at least he can get his nurse to...and let's face it, a doctors office can usually get you into another doctors office faster than you can on your own.

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I'm not entirely sure I want to take something my dogs and cats could also take. :unsure:

 

 

:huh: Dogs and cats take a lot of the same medications we take. How about antibiotics?

 

Some medications we take now were given to animals first.

 

I repeat: :huh:

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Tigz...

 

the derm I'm seeing is in a city an hour and a half away, so I don't think my family doctor will be of any help getting me in sooner. The other dr. I was going to go to was two months out!

 

A coworker did have a thought yesterday that made some sense...I work in an office with a window a/c built into the wall and we are sure there's mold in it, we could smell it in the spring but the smell is gone now. The rash has been going on for a month and that's about how long we've had it running on a daily basis. We did spray it yesterday with some stuff for mold in car a/c's. I am allergic to mold so maybe....I kind of hope not...I'm sure my boss would laugh if I asked for the a/c to be professionally cleaned and/or replaced!

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I was thinking about you last night. It is also possible that it could be some type of autoimmune response. I have heard of such things before, but I can't remember what it is called. So your mold theory might be close.

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:mellow: Unless they are totally new to the area, they should know some dermatologists that they could make a special request of (to get you in earlier). ESPECIALLY if they have seen some other rashes come in recently like that....one would think they would want to know what it is in order to help them treat others.

 

This x a million. My Dr never has a problem calling an getting us in to see a specialist sooner if we need to. I know when I worked for a Gen Practice office that we did this ALL of the time. I would call the specialists and say hey, we have a patient here who has had a rash now for 3 weeks and can't wait 2 months to get in to see you. Can you please find a spot in the schedule? We always got one and if we didn't, our Dr would get on the phone with them and THEN you'd be seen almost immediately. They do have spots where they can work patients in for emergencies.

 

I have heard of that mold thing though, I remember seeing a TV show on it and the woman got really really sick.

 

I hope you get an answer soon.

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