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Genital Shingles Symptoms
The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more
Its my girlfriend of 4 years. She's had shingles (on her shoulders) before, and now she has a genital outbreak for 1st time. Is this the same?
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
Shingles is dermatom: Shingles is caused by herpes simplex virus type 3. Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus type 2 and less commonly type 1. Type 1 and 2 cause a painful blister type rash with a red base that evolves into an ulceration. Type 3 (shingles) causes a blister type rash but usually only on one side and usually extends along the thigh, leg or abdomen (a "dermatomal" distribution). ...Read more
Please help! What is the main physical difference between herpes simplex and shingles on your genitals?
The virus involved..: Herpes virus related breakout on genitals is referred to herpes type ii (hsv-2), not simplex (type i, hsv-1, which is usually face/lips). Shingles is a recurrence of pox virus (varicella zoster virus which typically causes acute, short-lived chickenpox in children) ; breakout can be anywhere, nearly always only one sided ; not commonly involving the genitals. ...Read more
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
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
I take zovirax (acyclovir) for herpes simplex (genital). I take 40 mg everyday to suppress the herpes simplex eruptions. Will this drug suppress shingles too?
There is no evidence:
No there is no evidens that it will suppress shingles, The only way to prevent shingles is by taking Zostavax the Shingle Vaccine. All adults over the age of 60 are recommemded to have shingle vaccine one dose to prevent shingles
Even though Zovirax (acyclovir) is used to treaas it will shorten the course if used within 48 hours of start of the rash. And the dose used is 800 MGM every 4 hours for 5 days ...Read more
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
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
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
are there any similarities between recurring breakout of shingles on my right buttock and gential herpes and AIDs, had blood tests no results yet?
All different virus: Shingles (chicken pox virus), Genital Herpes (HSV virus) and HIV virus are all different viruses. If you had a lesion on the buttocks a physical exam is the best way to make a diagnosis. Blood test could be used to confirm. Most cases of shingles can be diagnosed by examination and do not require testing. HIV requires testing and would not be the direct cause of the lesion ...Read more
Recurrent shingles with Post-Herpetic Neuralgia between outbreaks? There is a lot more to it but not enough space here.....?
Maybe HSV, not VZV: Shingles rarely recurs so frequently but HSV does, and recurrent herpes simplex can look identical to zoster. 1) Retest next outbreak to confirm varicella zoster virus (VZV), and PCR test for HSV. 2) Have an HSV IgG antibody test, expecting maybe positive for HSV1. 3) Continue valacylovir to prevent recurrences, whatever the cause. As others have advised, it is nontoxic and harmless, so why not? ...Read more
Shingles symptoms: Shingles often starts out as a patch of skin with a burning sensation followed a few days later by vesicles (small blisters) which eventually burst & scab over (just like chickenpox). Some pain may be present during the vesicle phase but more likely to appear in the healing phase. So best to get treatment early to prevent "post-herpetic neuralgia". Face/ear/eye warrant doc visit at once. ...Read more
Shingles: At first, shingles causes weird sensations on you skin. You might feel itching, burning, pain, or tingling. Some people get a fever, feel sick, or get a headache. Within 1 to 2 days, a rash with blisters appears. Blisters most often appear in a band across the chest and back. They can show up on other parts of the body, too. ...Read more
Painful rash: It is a one sided rash usually in a band or belt - like distribution. There is usually pain or some kind of unpleasant sensation such as tingling or burning. The pain may come before the rash. The rash will usually form into many small blisters. It can also be on the face or arm. See your doctor right away for an antiviral medication to prevent post herpetic neuralgia which is very painful. ...Read more
Shingles may first…: Start as a burning sensation in the skin before a patch of blisters appear; blisters are red and somewhat resemble a patch of poison ivy contact. Blisters (like those in chickenpox) break & then scab over. If left untreated, the nerve (s) involved may produce severe pain lasting days to weeks. So treatment at the first appearance of rash is very important, esp. If eye area is involved. See doc ASAP ...Read more
Besides...: Besides the localized pain and rash that shingles cause it may also present with flu like symptoms. So yes, you may experience symptoms of weakness and fatigue although this is not the most common or prominent symptom with this type of viral infection. ...Read more
Shingles virus is a lesion in the dorsal horn of the spinal column which nestled there after chicken pox. It can become activated when
one is exhausted, stressed, immunocompromised, or on steroids. The symptoms are not only debilitating pain but also a rash of lesions in a dermatome distribution, that is, along a path from a nerve in the spinal column wrapped around to the front of the body. ...Read more
You mean zostavax?: Zostrix (capsaicin) is a topical antipain medicine (capsacian). The zoster vaccine is recommended for individuals over 50 who have had chicken pox. I do rcommend it, but it isn't given for shingles symptoms but rather to prevent shingles outbreaks (or reactivation of chicken pox), remember it also is not a guarantee you won't get shingles ...Read more
Can shingles occur on cranial nerves without a single rash or symptom and cause post-herpetic neuralgias silently?
Unlikely: Some form of rash or sores should be present for shingles. You may have trigeminal neuralgia. This is a pain condition that usually presents with brief episodes of pain along the course of the Trigeminal Nerve or one its branches or divisions. It can be very painful-similar to a post-herpetic neuralgia. ...Read more
I've had what my doctor thinks are shingles symptoms for 4 days now. No rash yet. How long do I wait for a rash before I go back to the doctor?
Take medications: Hi, if you are already taking antivirals for possible shingles, you don't have to see your dr. Unless symptoms get worse. ...Read more
Pain/lesions pattern: Shingles is extremely painful with lesions or rash in a nerve root distribution. The patient had chicken pox before, and the virus sits in the dorsal horn of the spinal column. People who are sleep deprived, under stress, immunocompromised are at risk. One needs to see the doctor for treatment to minimize the pain and to heal more quickly with steroid course. ...Read more
Before the rash appears there may be burning sensation, pain, sensitivity to touch. The symptoms and the rash that may appear in a few days are confined to one side of the body and is present in a limited area. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/shingles/basics/symptoms/con-20019574 ...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