Is it just me, or do I have a problem?
A little history: about a month ago my mother sent me from her house in connecticut to my father’s house in pennsylvania, where I grew up and spent most of my life without her. I had planned already to go down and visit for the holidays, however, my contraction of shingles freaked her out and she shipped me down early. Because of that, I had been out of work for the entire month of december up until next week when I can return to my mom’s and get back on the schedule. As I was recovering from my shingles, I had a major acne breakout around my hairline. However, I am becoming more aware as well as my family that I unknowingly CONSTANTLY pick at my face. The breakout became worse, spread all over, and the dry skin and scabs I can’t help but peel off. Its spread to not just my forehead but my eyebrows, my cheeks, behind my ear, and even on my scalp. I still have remnants of the shingles rash on my back and stomach, and I even pick at those without realizing it. Do you think this breakout on my face is anything related to the fact that I had shingles, how do I keep myself from picking at the scabs, and how can I clear up my face well enough that by the time I go back to work I won’t scare away customers?
Team Leader answers:
The rash might be related to the shingles. There are so many different causes of rashes that it is very difficult to narrow down any specific cause of one, especially without being able to see it. Common categories of rash are:
scaly patches of skin not caused by infection,
scaly patches of skin produced by fungal or bacterial infection,
red, itchy bumps or patches over the body, such as on the chest and back.
Although rashes are seldom dangerous, self-diagnosis is not usually a good idea. Proper evaluation of a skin rash requires a visit to a doctor or other health-care professional. Check this site for good information and you may be able to figure out what is going on.
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