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Dr. William Lee
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Do I need shingles vaccine if I might have had genital herpes?

Dr. William Lee
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Do I need shingles vaccine if I might have had genital herpes?

No: Totally unrelated! shingles vaccine is recommended for those over the age of 65. There is no vaccine for herpes, a totally different virus. ...Read more

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Genital Herpes (Definition)

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted viral infection. Individuals with genital herpes have a different signs and symptoms, ranging from having none at all to having blisters around the area of their genitals and anus. There is no cure for genital herpes, but there is treatment to shorten ...Read more


Dr. Haritha Vankireddy
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Should i get a shingles shot? 69 years old, had chicken pox, exposed to genital herpes apparently the lowest cost shingles shot i can get is $75, which for a senior on a fixed income is a lot of money. However, i had chicken pox as a child; i've never

Dr. Haritha Vankireddy
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I : I would recommend that it is beneficial to get shingles vaccine for you. The risk of you getting shingles is as average as any person of your age group. Genital herpes does not have any role in incidence of shingles. But the after effects of shingles (postherpetic neuralgia), meaning pain and burning sensation in the area where the person had the rash from shingles even after the rash disappears in some individuals is very uncomfortable and this seems to increase with age. The benefit from vaccine decreases as you delay the vaccine after 70 yrs. The vaccine has shown that it decreases the intensity of shingles episode and incidence and intensity of post herpetic neuralgia. If you sum the cost of the doctor visits and medications needed to treat post herpetic neuralgia, the cost of shingles vaccine is definitely lower. I hope this is helpful. I wish you the very best. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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If I had genital herpes, how did I get shingles?

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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If I had genital herpes, how did I get shingles?

Not related: Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus i or ii. Shingles is caused by the "chicken pox" virus, which is also a herpes virus (herpes zoster). The only people who get shingles, are those who have had the chicken pox. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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How to know it is shingles or genital herpes?

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dermatomal Rash: Generally shingles follow a dermatomal path meaning follow the path of a spinal nerve exiting the spine. Genital herpes stays around the mouth, groin and rectal areas mostly. There are always exceptions to the rule but this should help distinguish the two most of the time. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Can a genital herpes outbreak take the form of shingles on the cheek?The first outbreak years ago was bc of HSV 1, no test done this time.

Dr. Martin Raff
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Can a genital herpes outbreak take the form of shingles on the cheek?The first outbreak years ago was bc of HSV 1, no test done this time.

Different viruses: The cause of shingles is the varicella-zoster virus. You first get chicken pox, the virus then sets up residence in the nerves in your body and comes out later in life as shingles, generally in a single nerve root distribution. It only involves one side. Genital herpes can occur with hsv 1 or 2, although more commonly type 2. ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
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I have a red rash that itches on my groin. The doc said its shingles but i'm not buying it. I think it's genital herpes? Any advice? What should I do

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I have a red rash that itches on my groin. The doc said its shingles but i'm not buying it. I think it's genital herpes? Any advice? What should I do

Both are herpes: Viruses. Herpes zoster (shingles) are almost always on one side in a band like pattern and simplex can be on both sides at the same time if occurring for the first time but if recurrent usually just a small patch. Shingles is uncommon but can occur in a 29 year old. ...Read more

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Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
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How to determine the difference between genetal herpes and shingles?

Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
Board Certified, Pathology
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See below: Herpes has vesicles all the same age-that is they all have thin roofed veicles which unroof all at about the same time shigles on the other hand has crops of veisicles that vary in age from day 1 to day 7 -so some will have intact vesicles and others with have unroofed the vesicles. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Dumb q: why do I need shingles vaccine at 50 if I already had chicken pox?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Waning immunity: The shingles represent a return of varicella virus you encountered in childhood. It goes into hibernation in nerve centers along the front of the spine, kept in check by antibodies you developed as a kid. In some, the virus re-emerges as shingles. The shingles shot has a high concentration of the antigen to boost an aging system. Get it & decrease possibly of getting shingles. ...Read more

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Shingles vaccine needed in suppressed immune systems?

Dr. David Galbraith
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Contraindicated: Shingles vaccine (zostavax) is a live attenuated vaccine that contains a pretty good dose of weakened chicken pox virus. It is not recommended in people who are immunosuppressed due to risk of infection arising from the vaccine. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Herpes zoster is also known as Shingles. Shingles is 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 ...Read more


Shingles (Definition)

Shingles is 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 ...Read more


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