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Intermittent Transient Flaring Rash Post Herpes Zoster

      Herpes zoster (HZ) is an often painful and incapacitating acute viral illness characterized by inflammation of the dorsal root ganglia or extramedullary cranial nerve ganglia and vesicular eruptions of the skin or mucous membrane in an area supplied by the afflicted nerve. HZ, also known as shingles, is derived from the Latin word cingulum, meaning 'girdle.' (
      • Ehrenstein B.
      [Diagnosis, treatment and prophylaxis of herpes zoster].
      ). The typical HZ presentation is a unilateral rash that often wraps around the torso like a girdle. In immune-competent individuals, HZ manifests as a rash that lasts 2–3 weeks and is accompanied by moderate to severe discomfort. Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a consequence of HZ infection that can last weeks, months, or even years after the rash has healed. We present a case of HZ that was treated and how it resolved and then flared back up with a manifestation of recurrent hyperemia in the same anatomic distribution.
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