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is shingles the same as herpes

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience in 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

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in 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 73-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
Yes: Viral culture can identify the specific virus.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
They're cousins: Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus. Herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus. Both are in the category of herpesviruses, but they're diffe ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Word games: One is the name of a virus, the other is one condition that virus can cause.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience in Dermatology
Shingles: Herpes zoster is the medical word for shingles. When you get chicken pox the virus (herpes) rests in a nerve of your spine. Years later, if you are un ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
24 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Cold sores: Commonly misdiagnosed, cold sores are not always herpes! some cold sores are "apthae" (canker sores) which is a nonspecific term for recurrent ulcerat ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
Yes and no: They are obviously very different problems, but the same viruses (herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2) cause both. Genital herpes is acquired sexually, ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Herpes: New terms: Hi yes. The simple answer is yes. Doctors and others expert in the care of herpes are trying to de-stigmatize the term 'genital' herpes or even th ... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
The zoster virus: Is the same that causes chicken pox. The lesions can shed virus, but this should only be a risk for individuals without a healthy immune system.
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Jones
21 years experience in Family Medicine
No: Scabies is a mite, shingles is a virus.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
No it is not same: Genital nherpes is an infection caused by herpes simp[lex virus type1 eczema is a non infectious skin condition.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
The majority of: Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex 1 virus.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
No, different: Herpes and genital warts are entirely different. Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 or 2 (HSV1, HSV2). Warts are caused by partic ... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gabriel Betancourt
10 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes.: The virus you are referring to is called herpes simplex virus (hsv). There are 2 main types: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is more commonly associated wit ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Can be type 1 or 2: Cold sores on or near the lips are due to recurrence of herpes type 1 or 2. Herpes viruses, after the initial infection, live in a person's nerves and ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in 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 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Same thing: These are two terms for the same thing.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Crosby
15 years experience in Dermatology
See Below: It can be a bit confusing. The technical name for 'shingles' is herpes zoster. Herpes zoster is caused by a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Michel
45 years experience in Family Medicine
NO: This is a term for what is thought to be a viral induced infection of the balance mechanism of the inner ear. It is not a specific virus is most case ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience in Pediatrics
Herpes zoster...: ...Is the return of the infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. The first time this infection occurs, it is called varicella.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Female Anatomy: Nope. Not in any way. A bartholin's cyst is a blockage and/or infection of the Bartholin's glands in the labia. Herpes is a viral infection. They are ... Read More
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