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Diagnosed: Herpes (or shingles or hives?)

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 11, 2008
  • 03:29 PM

Since I've been 16 (now 33), I've had recurring shingles on my hip whenever I'm stressed out and wonder if it's possible to get "all over shingles"...here's the story:

I've had a lot of anxiety these past few months and was put on prozac. After 2 weeks I got one tiny itchy raised individual bump (not vesicle) between my thumb and index finger. The next day I had similar individual bumps all over my body (one on my knee, one on my thigh, one on my upper arm, one under my breast, one on my temple, ...). These bumps are so tiny that you have to feel them / you can't see them. It looked like one bump would disappear and another would appear elsewhere, so I diagnosed myself with hives/allergic reaction to the prozac and stopped taking it right away. That was 2 months ago and I've still got the itchy bumps.

At the same time (and due to my anxiety), I had herpes in my nose and also shingles on my hip. What a mess.

Except now my boyfriend was diagnosed with (brand new) genital herpes, AND got little vesicle filled bumps on his hand as well. He at the time also had nose herpes and we both had a very snotty cold so it's very possible either one of us relocated it to those parts.

Anyway, to make a long story shorter, my doctor thinks I may have "all over body herpes". Lovely.

Basically, it feels like my body has patches of hypersensitive, mildly burning skin around these tiny bumps (many of which are really nonexistent they are so tiny). I've noticed that some of the bumps seem to create a tiny scab after a few days even if I don't pick or scratch (and now that I know it might be herpes I've not been scratching at all and constantly washing my hands).

I've been on aclovyr 4 days (of prescribed 5) and can't see any change at all except that my nose herpes has finally cleared.

I'd be most grateful for any input you might have. I'm still super anxious and wonder if it could just be psychosomatic hives. I have not tried antihistamine pills and I guess that will be my next try when I'm done with the anti-viral medication.

I'm due to see my 2 year old niece in a few days and don't want to touch her if I have all over herpes. Makes me feel like a lepper.

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