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My husband had a small rash on stomach, dr told him it was shingles. Not itchy or painful. What causes shingles? Also gets cold sores is this related

My husband had a small rash on stomach, dr told him it was shingles. Not itchy or painful. What causes shingles? Also gets cold sores is this related

Viruses: Shingles is caused by the same virus as chicken pox. Once a person has chickenpox the virus persists in the body and can cause shingle. A person with shingles can transmit chickenpox but not shingles. The same stimulus that caused shingles could activate the herpes virus that causes cold sores. You may consult this site for info on shingles: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/shingles/home/ovc-20346699 ...Read more

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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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Can my adult acne be shingles? I get cold sores a lot too

Can my adult acne be shingles? I get cold sores a lot too

Unlikely: First of all, shingles is usually on the torso, not the face. It's also localized to a specific strip of skin (dermatome). Shingles involve a lot of pain as well, so unless your really hurting, it's not shingles. The virus that causes cold sores and shingles are similar, but they aren't exactly the same. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I recently had Shingles, now I am getting cold sores on both my lips and now I have a rash in my vaginal area, what is wrong with me?

I recently had Shingles, now I am getting cold sores on both my lips and now I have a rash in my vaginal area, what is wrong with me?

Stressed host: Not sure I have the answer, but it sounds as though your body's defenses may be compromised, perhaps by the stress of your recent bout with shingles. Cold sore outbreaks are often related to stress, whether physical or emotional. The genital area rash may or may not be related. Suggest you see you doctor for examination. ...Read more

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Could what I think is a cold sore on my lip really be shingles?

Could what I think is a cold sore on my lip really be shingles?

No: Shingles will give you painful sores up the side of your face for a month. If you are bothered by recurring herpes on the lip, you can get a chapstick with sunscreen & use it several times a day. You can get prescription 1 gram tabs of valacyclovir.: take 2 at the first tingling warning of your next attack. This will make it milder. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a cold sore in my nose or shingles?

How do I know if I have a cold sore in my nose or shingles?

Distribution.: Cold sores are typically a single blister, or a small solitary group of blisters. Shingles would usually extend from your nose along one cheek, and around to the back of the head. But not every case is typical, and there are other causes of sores in the nose, such as bacteria, traumatic injury, and various tumors. If the sore persists, let your doctor take a look and tell you exactly what it is. ...Read more

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If someone who has the shingles really bad more then once or twice. They catch herpes does that also make the cold sore worse too.

If someone who has the shingles really bad more then once or twice. They catch herpes does that also make the cold sore worse too.

Shingles & cold sore: Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus, cold sores by herpes simplex viruses. Even though they are in the same family, they aren't same, you can't catch one from the other. However, if a person's immune system is not functioning properly due to illness/medications, they are more likely to get eruptions of both shingles and cold sores because these are usually kept in check by immune system. ...Read more

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If I had shingles on my face and lip. And I kiss someone. Can they get a cold sore?

If I had shingles on my face and lip. And I kiss someone. Can they get a cold sore?

Shingles is: From varicella-zoster virus (herpes zoster). Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus. If you contact someone, having shingles will not cause them to develop shingles or a cold sore. But, infection with chicken pox is possibe. ...Read more

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What can cause consrant cold sores?

What can cause consrant cold sores?

Something else: Usually cold sores come and go...Maybe you have something else... I would suggest seeing an oral medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Why causes multiple cold sores at once?

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Why causes multiple cold sores at once?

Herpetic lesion: Small, multiple cold sores is the cause of herpetic lesion, and should be treated with antiviral medication. ...Read more

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What are the causes of cold sores and what can be done for it?

What are the causes of cold sores and what can be done for it?

Laser: Canker sores or aphatous ulcers have no know cause except they are triggered by trauma, stress, spicy, citrus food. Not everyone gets them though. They are recurring and even though there are some medication that help cut the cycle down from 14 days, I am a big proponent
of laser treatment. Recent studies have shown laser treatment of the area can stop the pain immediately and cut the cycle ...Read more

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Help! Can antibiotics cause cold sores?

Help! Can antibiotics cause cold sores?

No.: Cold sores (or herpes) is a virus that is transmitted from person to person contact. Once a person has it, it never goes away, but the sores can heal. It can be reactivated by sunlight, stress, sickness (colds, flu). If a person has an infection and takes antibiotics for it, it may seem as though the antibiotics caused the cold sores, but the infection probably triggered reactivation. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores and how do I get rid of it?

A viral infection.: Most cold sores are caused by the oral variety of the herpes virus. Once exposed to the virus, typically as a child, it never completely goes away. It flares up occasionally and causes sores which last from 7-10 days before healing. It tends to flare up when your immune system is down already, like after a cold, or lack of sleep, or times of stress. Topical antiviral creams can shorten the time. ...Read more

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What causes cold sores on the lips not to go away?

What causes cold sores on the lips not to go away?

Reinfecting: Although cold sores and canker sores are often confused for each other, they are not the same. Cold sores, also called a fever blister or herpes simplex type 1, are groups of painful, fluid-filled blisters. Unlike canker sores, cold sores are caused by a virus and are extremely contagious. Also, cold sores typically appear outside the mouth -- usually under the nose, around the lips, or under the. ...Read more

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What can cause cold sores and how do you get rid of them?

What can cause cold sores and how do you get rid of them?

Cold sores: Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus. Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in European studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. ...Read more

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What are the causes of cold sores and how do you get rid of them?

Herpes simplex virus: Cold sores are painful blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x / day at the onset, can work. ...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