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Thursday, July 02, 2009 Margaret, Community Member, asks

Q: Small itchy red bump on my back (with clusters that becomes painful after the first couple of days.

I have an itchy red bump on my back that has appeared there about once every year for that past 10 years. It gets about 5 small clusters of bumps on the red spot and gets very itchy after the first couple days it appears. It also becomes alittle painful, and after a few days it gets scabby and goes away. I was told by a doctor awhile ago that it could be a type of skin herpes (on my back though?). If anyone has any ideas of what it is I'd love to hear them.

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campd0913, Community Member
11/23/10 11:25pm

It sounds like you have a recuring case of the shingles..shingles or herpes zoster is the same virus that causes chickenpox..it can lay dormant in your body for years..it normally effects one side of the body..symptoms usually last for about 3 weeks..it is rare that the symptoms reoccur but it is known to happen in some cases.

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By Margaret, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 07/02/09