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Experience:  Years of outpatient experience treating dermatological problems
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Dr Chip, my 16year old daughter developed a rash 6 days ago.

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Hi there Dr Chip, my 16year old daughter developed a rash 6 days ago. It has developed rapidly and has been intensely itchy/ now very painful. Apart from distress does not feel unwell. She has kept a detailed photo diary of how rash has developed. I hope you can help us .***** *****
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dermatology
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Photos show early and progressed images .
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.

Hi there Dave

Why the acyclovir?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
After a very brief examination was given as antiviral against unknown virus ,concerned how rash has mutated/ spread and become more swollen/ painful since pres ribed
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.

Definitely looks like shingles

The acyclovir is the appropriate medication for this and it may go on for several more days before it resolves

For now topical over the counter capsaicin cream and oral ibuprofen can help with her discomfort

Please let me know if you need any more information

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Spots didnt actually contain fluid and rash is both sides of midline , in fact covering whole body???
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.

Sorry--didn't know it was that widespread

In that case it's an inflammatory eczema situation and that has no particular trigger

If I were her doctor I would treat her with a course of oral prednisone and topical Caladryl lotion for this