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Are shingles the same thing as herpes?

Are shingles the same thing as herpes?

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. ...Read more

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Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Are the varicella zoster virus and shingles the same thing?

Are the varicella zoster virus and shingles the same thing?

Word games: One is the name of a virus, the other is one condition that virus can cause. ...Read more

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Is shingles and herpes the same thing?

Is shingles and herpes the same thing?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Do you know are cold sores the same thing as oral herpes?

Do you know are cold sores the same thing as oral herpes?

Cold sores: Or fever blisters have classically been paired with herpes simplex type 1 (oral herpes) but herpes simplex type 2 can also cause oral lesions. ...Read more

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Are shingles, chicken pox and herpes all the same virus?

Are shingles, chicken pox and herpes all the same virus?

No, but related: They are related but different. There are several human herpes viruses. All cause an initial infection, then lie dormant and may recur later. Herpes simplex viruses (HSV) types 1 and 2 cause oral and genital herpes. Chickenpox and shingles (herpes zoster) are caused by the same herpes virus, named varicella zoster virus (VZV), different than HSV. Shingles is a localized recurrence of chickenpox. ...Read more

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Is it true that cold sores are the same as herpes virus?

Cold sores: Commonly misdiagnosed, cold sores are not always herpes! some cold sores are "apthae" (canker sores) which is a nonspecific term for recurrent ulceration(s) from trauma, stress, nutititional imablance, allergy, hormones, or many other causes. For these, antivirals, salves, and potions are useless and should be discouraged. Supportive care is best. ...Read more

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Are fever blisters on genitals the same as herpes?

Are fever blisters on genitals the same as herpes?

Yes: Both genital herpes and fever blisters or herpes labialis are caused by a herpes virus. The type of virus, location and mode of trasmission determines what type of infection one has. ...Read more

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Is genital herpes and eye herpes the same thing?

Is genital herpes and eye herpes the same thing?

Yes and no: They are obviously very different problems, but the same viruses (herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2) cause both. Genital herpes is acquired sexually, i.e. it's an STD; ocular (eye) herpes usually is not. Ocular herpes can be very dangerous if not promptly treated, destroying the cornea and causing blindness. It's usually very painful. If you suspect it, see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Are genital lesions and genital warts the same thing ?

Are genital lesions and genital warts the same thing ?

No: Genital lesions can be warts or other lesions like chancres, herpetic ulcers, granulomatous lesions etc. ...Read more

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Do you know are cold sores on the lip or mouth the same as herpes simplex ii?

Do you know are cold sores on the lip or mouth the same as herpes simplex ii?

Cold sores have : Most often associated with herpes simplex 1 but herpes simplex 2 can also cause it. ...Read more

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I learned cold sores are caused by herpes. Is it the same forms as genital herpes?

I learned cold sores are caused by herpes.  Is it the same forms as genital herpes?

Can be type 1 or 2: Cold sores on or near the lips are due to recurrence of herpes type 1 or 2. Herpes viruses, after the initial infection, live in a person's nerves and travel down the nerves to the surface to form blisters that break open, spreading more virus. Type 1 is more common on the lips, and type 2 more common on the genitals. With people engaging in oral sex, either type can be in one or both locations. ...Read more

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Help please! is eczema the same as genital herpes?

Help please! is eczema the same as genital herpes?

No it is not same: Genital nherpes is an infection caused by herpes simp[lex virus type1 eczema is a non infectious skin condition. ...Read more

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Is hsv2 and genital herpes the same thing?

Herpes: New terms: Hi yes. The simple answer is yes. Doctors and others expert in the care of herpes are trying to de-stigmatize the term 'genital' herpes or even the word herpes. This common infection is from one of two types of herpes viruses. Type two is found in about 25% of americans and usually is found somewhere between the belly button and thighs of the infected person. Type one, is more commonly orally. ...Read more

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Help docs, is herpes the same as genital warts?

Help docs, is herpes the same as genital warts?

No, different: Herpes and genital warts are entirely different. Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 or 2 (HSV1, HSV2). Warts are caused by particular types of human papillomavirus (HPV). Google both HSV and HPV and you can learn a lot about both of them. ...Read more

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Are oral herpes from oral sex and ulcers/cold sores the same thing? I'm not sure if I have them, but some people are saying all cold sores/ulcers are the same thing?

Yes: Once a upon a time there was herpes simplex type one which was the cause of oral cold sores and herpes simplex two which was the cause of genital sores. Things have become more confused as both types of herpes can infect either tissues. Most of use are exposed to herpes simplex one before age 5 and then are immune to herpes simplex one infecting our genital tissues. Ulcers are another story. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more