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What is the difference between shingles and herpes

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Dr. Michael Jones
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No: Scabies is a mite, shingles is a virus.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Different: Scabies is a parasitic skin infection which can cause intense itching which worsens at night. If you check your skin you can see little burrows made b... Read More

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
Pathology 58 years experience
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
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
The virus involved..: Herpes virus related breakout on genitals is referred to herpes type ii (hsv-2), not simplex ( type i, hsv-1, which is usually face/lips). Shingles is... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shadia Constantine
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Location: Dear WDyer, both can look similar, actually. Shingles tends to happen on the skin versus herpes, tends to happen in the border of soft skin and regula... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
Dentistry 51 years experience
Chicken pox & malais: Zoster is chicken pox....Simplex is fever & malaise. Both are childhood diseases.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Same thing: These are two terms for the same thing.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
HPV vs. shingles: Gardasil prevents human papillomavirus (hpv) infection. Hpv causes anogenital warts, dysplasia, and cancer. The herpes zoster vaccine prevents herpes... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Herpes zoster...: ...Is the return of the infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. The first time this infection occurs, it is called varicella.
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Emerson Knight
Urology 48 years experience
Probably heroes: I have never seen shingles on a scrotum in 35 years of practice. Shingles occur along nerve distribution usually along the ribs, face, and hip areas. ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Hatch
Endocrinology 47 years experience
Shingles is dermatom: Shingles is caused by herpes simplex virus type 3. Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus type 2 and less commonly type 1. Type 1 and 2 ... Read More

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