Shingles? Valtrex? What Would You Do?
Hey there! I am 46 and at about age 36 I got shingles. It's rare for people that young to get it... At first I thought I had 2 big, wide, weird pimples brewing on my forehead... When they started to pound with pain a few days later, I went to the Doctor. After an initial misdiagnosis, she realized I had shingles. It sucked, but it went away.
Flash forward 10 years to now. I'm almost finished with a 2+ week head & chest cold. I'm not congested, I'm not coughing any more phlegm but I'm still coughing - now it's a dry cough. Two nights ago I noticed something funny happening on my forehead... inches from the spot from 10 years ago. It's similar, but higher, near my hairline, and it's much smaller (now at least). It is a slight swelling that is not noticeable (yet) to the eye, but I feel it with my fingers as if I'd hit my head. As far as progression.... the area seems warmer now, but not larger, than when I discovered it.
So, I might have freaking Shingles again! Apparently if you take Valtrex 48-72 hours after the first symptoms you can nip it in the bud. What would you guys do? For all I know this actually is not Shingles at all, but an insect bite, or maybe I did hit my head slightly and don't remember.... Would you take Valtrex just to be safe? What would you do?