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My husband has a row of spotty blistery things along his chest

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My husband has a row of spotty blistery things along his chest onone side and a few on the side. They are about 3 inches below the nipple and start in the centre of the chest. I could send a photo but don't seem to have the facility to do this. The rash started about 6 days ago with just one spot and they have slowly increased. I am wondering if this is shingles. He is aged 59.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Medical
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It is itchy sometimes.
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 10 months ago.
Hello from JustAnswer.It certainly could be shingles, but it would help if you could attach a picture.You can attach a picture using the icon on the toolbar that looks like a paper clip.If your system is not allowing for you to attach a picture, then another option would be to post the picture to a file sharing web site and let me know the URL.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Photos should be attached now
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 10 months ago.
Thank you for the pictures. Yes, this does look like it is likely shingles, although a very mild case. Shingles can be treated with antiviral medicines, but we typically want to start the medicine within the first three days of onset of the rash. Since this has been going on for 6 days, the medicine is not likely to be helpful. At this point, the usual approach would be medicines that relieve symptoms until the rash heals spontaneously. Oral antihistamines usually do better for relief of itching than the antihistamine creams. It also would be fine to use an over the counter pain medicine for relief of any pain that he is experiencing, Cool wet compresses also may be soothing. If I can provide any additional information, please let me know.
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