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Are shingles the same thing as herpes?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
No: You are half correct. Shingles is a herpes virus but it is herpes zoster, not herpes simplex which is the herpes that causes cold sores or genital ulcers. They are not related and you do not have an increased risk of one if you have the other.
Dr. Adam Nally
Family Medicine 40 years experience
No: Genital herpies is a different disease than shingles, however, the structure of the virus is very similar and both are named in the "herpes virus" class. Shinges is called herpes zoster and genital herpes is called herpes simplex - II (hsv-ii), however, some patients can have genital herpes infections with herpes symplex - i (hsv-i). Most cold sores or oral herpes infections are caused by hsv-i.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is shingles and herpes the same thing?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Herpes simplex: Shingles is also called herpes zoster, but the two viruses are completely different. Shingles is recurrence of the varicella-zoster virus which causes chickenpox. Herpes simplex produces mucocutaneous lesions on the skin and mucous membranes usually of the mouth and genetalia. Shingles occurs on one dermatome of the skin.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is herpes and shingles the same thing? What about herpes zoster?

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Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology 41 years experience
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.
Dr. L. Collins
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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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