A 22-year-old male asked:
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can a genital herpes outbreak take the form of shingles on the cheek?the first outbreak years ago was bc of hsv 1, no test done this time.

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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.
Answered on Feb 20, 2013
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Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Different viruses: The cause of shingles is the varicella-zoster virus. You first get chicken pox, the virus then sets up residence in the nerves in your body and comes out later in life as shingles, generally in a single nerve root distribution. It only involves one side. Genital herpes can occur with hsv 1 or 2, although more commonly type 2.
Answered on Mar 19, 2015

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