Signs And Symptoms Of Shingles?

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, I want to ask. When I was a child (TK) I had chicken pox in the groin area and then it was cured. At junior high school in the groin of my thighs and hips, the symptoms of shingles appeared (small, watery, hot, itchy spots appeared). The medicine is just sprinkled with salicyl powder then the spots dry up and heal. The question is whether it is shingles? If I look at some blogs, shingles does not grow in that area. In the genital area, it says herpes simplex, whereas I have never done the things that cause herpes simplex. I assumed that it was shingles because as a child chicken pox occurred in the groin of my thigh. Does that make sense?

1 Answer:

Hi Rinaaa,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Shingles (Herpes zoster) occurs when the virus that causes chickenpox (Varicella zoster) reactivates and attacks nerve fibers. This condition is prone to occur in people who have had chickenpox, when their immune system is weakened, for example due to HIV / AIDS, diabetes, taking long-term steroid drugs, children, and the elderly.

Symptoms that arise due to shingles are characterized by the appearance of a red, watery rash that feels itchy, sore, to hot. In contrast to chicken pox, these nodules appear only on one side of the body, limited to the infected nerve fibers only. It is not impossible that shingles occurs around the groin. This condition may occur when the virus infects the nerve fibers in the area. If you think you've never had risky sex, then you don't need to worry about getting Herpes simplex.

However, you should also know that the appearance of a watery rash similar to Shingles does not always indicate Shingles. It could also be a watery rash around your groin caused by tinea cruris (fungal infection), scabies (scabies), contact dermatitis (skin inflammation due to contact with an allergic or irritant substance), impetigo (bacterial infection), miliaria (prickly heat), folliculitis (hair root infection), drug eruptions, and so on. So, it's best not to make premature conclusions without seeing a doctor, huh ..

If you experience symptoms similar to Herpes zoster, consult your doctor immediately for further evaluation. If it is true that you have Herpes zoster, the doctor will generally give you antiviral drugs and other drugs that are useful in dealing with the complaints you feel, such as itching, pain, and so on. With proper treatment, Herpes zoster rarely causes dangerous side effects other than post-Herpes pain which is often bothersome.

At this point, what you need to do is, do not over-hold or break a rash that appears forcibly. Also avoid sprinkling anything on the nodule, unless it is recommended directly by a doctor. Always wear clothes and pants that are clean, dry, and don't change with other people. Bathe diligently and avoid all forms of risky sex.

Hope it helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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