A 22-year-old male asked:
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.
2 doctor answers
Dr. Donald Alves answered
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
Dr. Martin Raff answered
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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