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is herpes and shingles the same thing? what about herpes zoster?

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Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience 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 under stress or sick you can get shingles which is on one side of your body and can be very painful. If is not uncommon for the pain to start before the rash.
Answered on Apr 16, 2019
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Dr. L. Collins
Dr. L. Collins commented
35 years experience Gynecology
Herpes zoster is a different (but related) virus than herpes simplex, the virus that causes oral and genital herpes that we usually think of when we say "herpes".
Feb 2, 2013

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