Tuesday evening I took a shower and this rash had blossomed around my waist and butt. The most uncomfortable outbreak was around my couch and between my legs, not to mention it just looked awful. I was the perfect candidate to have a flare up of the herpes zoster virus also known as Shingles when it manifests itself as a rash. I was over 50, had chicken pox as a child, and had not had the Zostavax vaccine to prevent Shingles.
At first, I felt a little foolish wearing the sweat bands on my wrist like I was some sort of ultra-athlete which anyone could figure out I was not by my gray hair and skinny legs. Over time, I really didn’t care because the eczema had ceased to be a problem. Seriously, no rash, no scales, no cracking, no bleeding since wearing the sweat bands.
The rash was concentrated along below my knee so I figured it had something to due with laundry detergent or heat.
I now know that I have been having outbreaks of the shingles on my legs these past couple of years.