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Are Herpes Ant Shingles The Same Thing
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Genital sores look like small canker sores, in random spots. Is it possible that it is not herpes & what are the other options?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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