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herpes or shingles on buttocks

A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glynis Ablon
28 years experience Dermatology
Well herpes zoster: of shingles is a very distinctive distribution. I would see a board certified dermatologist for diagnosis.

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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Probably shingles: Herpes zoster (shingles) sounds much more liikely. Genital herpes typically dosn't involve either buttocks or scrotum, especially both. Singles rash i ... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Siefferman
13 years experience Pain Management
Celiac?: A number of conditions can cause lesions like you describe. See a dermatologist.
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Froude
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Not shingles?: The fact that these lesions recur suggest that they are due to Genital herpes. Don't worry about it over fifty percent of americans over the age of th ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience Internal Medicine
No: You are half correct. Shingles is a herpes virus but it is herpes zoster, not herpes simplex which is the herpes that causes cold sores or genital ul ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes simplex: Shingles is also called herpes zoster, but the two viruses are completely different. Shingles is recurrence of the varicella-zoster virus which causes ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes and no: Shingles is also called zoster. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus which starts as chickenpox and sometime after you recover may recur as shi ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
57 years experience Pathology
See below: Herpes has vesicles all the same age-that is they all have thin roofed veicles which unroof all at about the same time shigles on the other hand has ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Shingles is caused by reactivation of the varicella virus which is also the cause of chicken pox. It is a totally different virus than herpes simplex ... Read More
A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: Viral culture can identify the specific virus.

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