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what is difference between hsv and shingles

A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
Herpes and shingles: are clinically completely different diseases and two different viruses, herpes simplex virus and varicella-zoster. HSV causes sores around the mouth ... Read More

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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bahman Omrani
17 years experience Pain Management
HSV-1 + VZV: The risk is lessened by the but does not vanished. The person with hsv-1 should be cautions.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
No cross reactivity: Contrary to some opinions and statements on line and elsewhere, there is no cross reaction between antibody to varicella zoser virus (VZV, the cause o ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Shingles: Shingles usually does not cause a flaky rash.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
Not hsv: See a dermatologist. Explain that it is urgent when you call. No diagnosis is possible without exam ; further history.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Schainholz
34 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes, serology: Herpes viruses include herpes simplex types i (labial) and ii (genital), varicella-zoster (chickenpox and shingles), epstein-barr virus (infectious mo ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Hard to be specific: Studies in the US show 75% of the adult population carry antibodies to HSV indicating a prior infection. Viral meningitis is a sporadic event.Those tw ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Yes: Rather get a local active lesion culture. Talk to your pmd when you have a active lesion.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
Not likely: Shingles is moat often attributed to the chicken pox (hsv family), not genital (hsv2). Dr can test, if indicated for clarification.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
45 years experience Preventive Medicine
False positive: IgG tests are possible. There can be some cross-reactivity with other viral antibodies. The definitive diagnosis of specific viruses including HSV 1 ... Read More

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