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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. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes Simplex virus 1 & 2 can be a cause of sexually transmitted diseases or sometimes oral/oral contact. Herpes Simplex 1: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310 & Herpes Simplex ...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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Herpes, rash, warts, or what is this?

Herpes, rash, warts, or what is this?

Anything: If you want the answer, let us know what your symptoms are. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a herpes rash?

What is the treatment for a herpes rash?

Herpes rash: Antiviral cream or oral antiviral medications can be given, please consult your doctor.
http://www. Dermnetnz. Org/topics/herpes-simplex/ ...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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What does a herpes rash look land feel like?

What does a herpes rash look land feel like?

Blisters/ulcers: A herpetic rash usually
begins with a 'premonition' or a burning sensation. One or more small blisters and redness follow (this is the rash). The blisters can rupture producing more rash or ulcers on the skin.
This can heal in 10-14 days or may continue for longer than that. ...Read more

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Can it be a herpes rash or not? How can you tell?

Can it be a herpes rash or not? How can you tell?

Location, pain etc.: Herpes hurts! If it is a painful rash made up of little blisters on a red base, this may be herpes, particularly if it is on your lip or genital area. Zoster, or shingles, can look similar and affect one side of the body, usually in a "streak" pattern. See a doctor for further work up to be sure/. ...Read more

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Is this a herpes rash or just an rash? How can I tell?

Is this a herpes rash or just an rash? How can I tell?

Location, pain etc.: Herpes hurts! If it is a painful rash made up of little blisters on a red base, this may be herpes, particularly if it is on your lip or genital area. Zoster, or shingles, can look similar and affect one side of the body, usually in a "streak" pattern. See a doctor for further work up to be sure/. ...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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Can a herpes rash disappear in a day?

Can a herpes rash disappear in a day?

Too soon: Second reply: misread your question at first, thought you asked if rash could APPEAR in a day, not diseappear. Sorry. Herpes doesn't really cause a rash, but sores: blisters become pimples then open sores then heal, all over 7-14 days. A herpes problem cannot clear up entirely in only a day, unless it actually started several days earlier and wasn't noticed at first. ...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

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How can I make a herpes rash all over body go away?

How can I make a herpes rash all over body go away?

Herpes simplex: Either you have chickenpox (herpes zoster), you are profoundly immunosuppressed or this is not due to herpes simplex. This seldom if ever produces a total body eruption. ...Read more

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Is herpes rash contagious? Specifically what kind of skin to skin contact will spread herpes?

Is herpes rash contagious? Specifically what kind of skin to skin contact will spread herpes?

Herpes: It is still contagious even after the lesions have healed and they don't look like they are there, although when there are vesicles with fluid in them it is more contagious any kind of skin to skin contact can spread herpes. Asymptomatic people infected with hsv1 or hsv2 can still transmit the virus. The virus replicates on mucocutaneous surfaces and infects sensory nerve terminals and nucl. ...Read more

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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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Does a herpes rash go away in 2 days because I had a rash on my penis head with little bumps but with warm water went away? Could it have been herpes

Does a herpes rash go away in 2 days because I had a rash on my penis head with little bumps but with warm water went away? Could it have been herpes

Unlikely: The lesions associated with genital herpes usually last 2-4 weeks with initial infection and 10-14 days with recurrences. The small bumps you describe were likely related to irritation and prominence of the many sebaceous glands on the head of the penis (fordyce spots), or possibly a mild fungal/yeast infection, or possibly a reaction to a spermicidal, lubricant, condom, or other irritant. ...Read more

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I've got a rash on my forehead between my eyes and on my nose. Is that a typical symptom of herpes simplex?

I've got a rash on my forehead between my eyes and on my nose. Is that a typical symptom of herpes simplex?

No: The most common condition affecting these areas in the way you describe is rosacea. You could also have shingles (zoster). Check with your ophthalmologist to rule out or treat these conditions. H simplex usually causes a very localized wet blistery lesion on the skin rather than a rash. ...Read more

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I have a rash on the crease between leg and vagina for 4 days I'm starting to cough but my brother has been sick can I have herpes?

I have a rash on the crease between leg and vagina for 4 days I'm starting to cough but my brother has been sick can I have herpes?

Herpes is a painful,: Blistering, red rash. A common rash in the skin folds of the groin is a fungus known as Jock Itch or tinea cruris. This is not a sexually transmitted disease and is treated by over the counter antifungals. Best to have a doc see the rash to be sure you are not infectious. Until then, abstinence. ...Read more

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I had protected sex (condom) and unprotected oral 8 days ago. I just now noticed a red area between my leg and testes. Is it herpes or just a rash?

I had protected sex (condom) and unprotected oral 8 days ago. I just now noticed a red area between my leg and testes. Is it herpes or just a rash?

See remark: Herpes has very small blister-like lesions.
It is most likely a rash.
Does your partner have any resh, lesion??
Apply some anti-histamine cream (get it from drug store)
If it doe not go, visit the local health dept, or MD ...Read more

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I have what looks like stretch marks by my scrotum and leg. I had protected sex and a week ago. Herpes? No bumps just red line-like rash.

I have what looks like stretch marks by my scrotum and leg. I had protected sex and a week ago. Herpes? No bumps just red line-like rash.

Not herpes: For sure this isn't herpes. Almost certainly it is no STD of any kind, and probably not from your recent sexual exposure. But see a doctor if you remain concerned. ...Read more

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Had protected sex& unprotected oral 7 days ago. Now I have a red line rash on my underwear line between testes and leg. Herpes? Or rash? Or yeast?

Had protected sex& unprotected oral 7 days ago. Now I have a red line rash on my underwear line between testes and leg. Herpes? Or rash? Or yeast?

Rash: This is a common area for yeast infection (jock itch) but could simply be due to friction or heat rash. Herpes eruption is usually uncomfortable. I think it's best to get it checked by your physician for diagnosis and treatment in any case. Unprotected sex is not advisable, of course. ...Read more

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On the lower leg I get this almost cut looking rash, doc said maybe herpes. 1. Does that man I have genital herpes too? 2. If it is herpes can I transfer it to my genitals by touch? 3. How I get it?

On the lower leg I get this almost cut looking rash, doc said maybe herpes. 1. Does that man I have genital herpes too? 2. If it is herpes can I transfer it to my genitals by touch? 3. How I get it?

Herpes: I know another physician answered this, but I have a different response. Before any other action, you must get the herpes blood tests. All adults should know their herpes status. 90% of people with herpes do not have outbreaks. To culture your rash this late in the game would be unwise. A viral culture would be meaningless if done more than a day or two after the blisters show up. ...Read more

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Could herpes give you a rash over your lower back, butt, chest, stomach, thighs, and lower legs?

Could herpes give you a rash over your lower back, butt, chest, stomach, thighs, and lower legs?

No: This description would be disseminated herpes and would indicate a severe immuno-compromised state. You would be very ill if it were the case. Rash is likely not due to herpes. Get an evaluation to identify the problem. ...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. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more