The Family Health Guide


Do you have a history of chicken pox? Does your skin hurt, itch, or feel numb? Is the pain sharp, dull, or piercing? How long have you had it? Do you have a rash? If so, for how long? Is the rash in more than one place on your skin? Is the rash on one side of your body only? Has the rash at any time looked like small blisters? Do you still have pain even if the rash is gone? What triggers the pain (for example, a light touch)? Do your symptoms interfere with your ability to sleep or perform activities of daily living? Do you have any risk factors for infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)? Are you taking any medications? Careful skin exam Skin scraping to examine under the microscope, or for viral culture, immunofluorescence, or polymerase chain reaction testing
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