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To think this could be very serious?

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RichPetunia · 08/09/2022 20:43

This growth has appeared on the side of my mum’s face, very suddenly. The doctor thinks it’s shingles. I think it’s not and could be something more sinister. Any opinions please?

To think this could be very serious?
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Am I being unreasonable?


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user1583920194858592910103848559201 · 08/09/2022 20:45

I would see a different GP.

Poetnojo · 08/09/2022 20:45

I'm not in any way qualified to answer but I don't like the look of that at all, I'd be looking for a second opinion ASAP

Greensleeves · 08/09/2022 20:45

I'd get a second opinion sharpish. My dad has had skin cancer twice and it looked a lot like this. Very treatable both times, but not something to be left.

EbbyEbs · 08/09/2022 20:45

It looks dodgy to me I’m afraid, I’d insist on a 2 week referral (Im a nurse)

5zeds · 08/09/2022 20:46

Shingles???? Not ANYTHING like my shingles. Does it hurt? Did it start as a pink weeping spot/blister/rash?

HappyHamsters · 08/09/2022 20:46

I dont think that is shingles, she needs another applintment and a second opinion.

Newusernameaug · 08/09/2022 20:46

That needs checking asap, by a cancer specialist

RichPetunia · 08/09/2022 20:46

Should have also said it’s accompanied by sharp stabbing pains and that moving her tongue and hair is painful.

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Norma27 · 08/09/2022 20:47

I had shingles on my face and it didn’t look anything like that. Please get her to see another doctor.

GnomeyGnome · 08/09/2022 20:47

I have had shingles and it looked absolutely nothing like this. I'd get a second opinion as quickly as you can. I hope it is nothing but better to be safe.

Boxin · 08/09/2022 20:48

She needs a second opinion ASAP.

luxxlisbon · 08/09/2022 20:48

This doesn’t look anything like shingles. I would get her seen by someone else asap.

everylittlehelp5 · 08/09/2022 20:48

I'm no doctor but shingles doesn't look like that.

Augend23 · 08/09/2022 20:48

I would also want a second opinion on that.

Hohofortherobbers · 08/09/2022 20:49

That is not shingles and it needs a dermatology referral under the less tham 2 week wait guidance. See another doctor tomorrow urgently

UrghBlahBlahBleugh · 08/09/2022 20:50

I have several relatives on my husband's side who have suffered skin cancer... and this looks like the patches they get when it makes an appearance.

But try not to worry. If it is skin cancer, it's only a small patch and easily treatable.

Get a second opinion. As with all cancers, the sooner it's caught the easier and quicker it is to treat.

Not that I'm trying to scare you OP. It nay well not be skin cancer, but if there's even the slightest chance, don't waste any time.

RichPetunia · 08/09/2022 20:51

Thank you everyone. I’ll contact her surgery tomorrow asap.

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lljkk · 08/09/2022 20:51

When did doctor look at that & say it looks like shingles? when did the GP see your mum?

deflatedbirthday · 08/09/2022 20:52

I've had facial shingles... twice, and neither time did it looks anything like this! I would insist on a second opinion

alwaystired138 · 08/09/2022 20:52

I'd be getting an emergency gp appointment tomorrow if i was her! I dont have any experience of shingles or what it looks like but regardless she needs a second opinion

YellowPlumbob · 08/09/2022 20:53

I’ve had shingles twice and it looks fuck all like that. Different GP and a complaint.

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RichPetunia · 08/09/2022 20:51

Thank you everyone. I’ll contact her surgery tomorrow asap.

Let us know the outcome OP

FoggyCrumpet · 08/09/2022 20:54

That definitely isn't shingles.
Many skin cancers are slow growing and very treatable but elderly relative had one in his scalp that was more rare and very fast growing. Treated and removed promptly but it involved a skin flap and plastics.
Get it seen by someone different ASAP.

UrghBlahBlahBleugh · 08/09/2022 20:54

An example of shingles

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