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Can you tell the difference between a herpes rash and a shingles rash by looking at it? It's on my outer right thigh and I have a lot of soreness

Can you tell the difference between a herpes rash and a shingles rash by looking at it? It's on my outer right thigh and I have a lot of soreness

Location: Dear WDyer, both can look similar, actually. Shingles tends to happen on the skin versus herpes, tends to happen in the border of soft skin and regular skin (like the lips or the genitals). Shingles tends to be extremely painful, but severity can vary. Outer right location suggest more Shingles. I would suggest a formal consult to confirm or to visit your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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Can herpes simplex cause rashes instead of blisters?

Can herpes simplex cause rashes instead of blisters?

Yes: Yes, classic lesions are blisters, but I have seen it cause anything from rashes to bullae (large fluid-filled blisters). However, it is important to evaluate other causes of rash and not just assuming it would be hsv, as it would be an atypical presentation. ...Read more

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Rashes on hands could be herpes simplex, what can I do?

Rashes on hands could be herpes simplex, what can I do?

Rashes: Hand rashes could be from many other causes such as contact dermatitis, allergic reaction to soup, other chemicals or eczema . See a doctor if you have recent close contact with someone known to have active herpes infection or if the rash persists! ...Read more

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How long does herpes rash last?

How long does herpes rash last?

Herpes simplex: Typically from 7-10 days but this can be quite variable with the individual infected. ...Read more

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Can a herpes rash disappear in a day or two?

Can a herpes rash disappear in a day or two?

Not likely.: Herpetic lesions like most sores take longer than a week to heal . However, there are medications on the market that are called antiviral medications that may reduce the discomfort during the flair. ...Read more

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How big can your herpes simplex rash be?

How big can your herpes simplex rash be?

Smaller than a coin: It is usually small enough that a dime would cover the entire thing. It can spread though. It can cover the entire body if there are lots of breaks in the skin or a suppressed immune system. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a herpes rash on my scalp??

How do I get rid of a herpes rash on my scalp??

Herpes zoster?: "Herpes rash" the scalp probably is herpes zoster (shingles), not herpes simplex. If a doctor diagnosed it, s/he probably prescribed standard treatment like valacyclovir, and maybe also a corticosteroid like prednisone. If not, contact the doctor. If this is self diagnosed and you haven't seen a doctor, do it ASAP for proper care -- the sooner the better for effective treatment. ...Read more

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Can i get a herpes rash on my cheek?

Can i get a herpes rash on my cheek?

Yes: Herpes spreads by contact. It is not unusual for a cold sore to spread to other parts of the face by touch or saliva, such as to the chin, cheek and nose. It can even spread to the eyes. Be careful to wash after you touch a sore to avoid spreading the infection. ...Read more

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes simplex is a virus that causes a blistering skin rash. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 usually causes cold sores in the mouth but can infect other organs such as the eye and the brain. HSV type 2 ...Read more