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Doctor insights on: Herpes Simplex Vs Varicella

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Can you tell me is herpes simplex and herpes zoster different?

Can you tell me is herpes simplex and herpes zoster different?

Yes: Herpes simplex is different than herpes zoster, but share similarities as they are in the same family of viruses. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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What is the difference between herpes zoster and herpes simplex?

What is the difference between herpes zoster and herpes simplex?

HZ vs HSV: HZ (Herpes Zoster) is a common form of cutaneous neuropathic pain is associated with herpes zoster infection. HVS (Herpes simplex virus) is an oral herpes causes cold sores around the mouth or face. ...Read more

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Please advise what is different between herpes zoster and herpes simplex?

Please advise what is different between herpes zoster and herpes simplex?

Herpes Zoster is : Related to shingles and herpes simplex is related to cold sores and genital infections (but can be else where on the body.). ...Read more

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I am having the herpes simplex virus from the chickenpox, what to do?

I am having the herpes simplex virus from the chickenpox, what to do?

Confusing question: The varicella virus, a virus in the herpes family of dna viruses, causes chickenpox. It is in the same family as the herpes simplex virus but they are not the same. Adults with chickenpox can take antiviral meds to diminish the intensity of the illness as needed.Contact your doc. ...Read more

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Is there a link between Herpes Simplex Virus that causes a Herpetic Whitlow and The chicken pox virus?

Is there a link between Herpes Simplex Virus that causes a Herpetic Whitlow and The chicken pox virus?

Herpes cousins: Actually yes indeed. The virus that causes herpetic whitlow- usually HSV-1 (but sometimes HSV-2) is related to the same virus that causes chicken pox. We call that virus VZV or varicella zoster virus. These viruses are found in the 'herpes' family of viruses. Great observation. I hope though you're not suffering too badly from these nasty viruses. There is a chickenpox vaccine out there BTW. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the classification of herpes simplex?

Please help! what is the classification of herpes simplex?

It is a virus: Which can be sexually transmitted. Herpes simplex virus 1 is most often seen with cold sores (oral) ; herpes simplex 2 is most often seen w genitalia. ...Read more

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Is it ok to kiss someone else that has herpes simplex?

Herpes simplex: If you have not been previously exposed to the herpes simplex virus ; the person is not taking antiviral medications - the infection may be transmitted to you. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent herpes simplex from showing?

Is there a way to prevent herpes simplex from showing?

Yes: With time, outbreaks generally become less frequent and less lengthy. Anti-herpes meds have been shown to further reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks. Valtrex (valacyclovir) additionally has been shown to reduce the risk of transmission to an unaffected partner. Improving your overall health will keep your immune system in top shape- that can help reduce the outbreaks as well. ...Read more

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So the bf has herpes simplex 1, what are my risks from this?

Viral: Illnesses can pretty much all be transmitted and this one is no different. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the chances I have herpes simplex 2?

Ever been at risk?: You don't say why you're wondering but you should know that anyone who has had sexual contact with an infected person can contract herpes. Hsv2 usually shows up in the genital area so, be on the lookout for sores, fissures and ulcers. If you want to be sure, a provider can test your blood for antibodies that show you've been exposed and examine you for signs of active disease. Don't pass it on. ...Read more

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Could herpes simplex act like hiv?

Could herpes simplex act like hiv?

No: Hiv and herpes are not the same and their manifestations are not similar. They are often found together however and in general, herpetic infections tend to cause much more severe symptoms when a patient also has hiv. ...Read more

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Could i spread the herpes simplex virus?

If you have herpes: Simplex 1 and 2 - it is possible to spread it. ...Read more

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How can the herpes simplex virus spread?

How can the herpes simplex virus spread?

Yes: The transmission of herpes is not 100% with contact but increases with any breaks in skin or contact with mucosal membranes. One could potentially "auto-inoculate" or spread the herpes virus to different parts of their body this way if there is contact with contents of a herpes rash to the other body part(s). ...Read more

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How did i get herpes simplex on my eyelid?

Touch: Herpes simplex is quite contagious. If there was contact of the eyelid with virus, that is all that it takes. For example, touching a cold sore and then rubbing the eye can spread the infection to the eyelid. Remember, it could also be herpes zoster (chickenpox virus). Best to have it professionally evaluated. ...Read more

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Herpes simplex virus 2. How dangerous is it?

Herpes simplex virus 2. How dangerous is it?

Depends: Dangerous can mean different things to different people. It can be dangerous because it causes genital lesions which are hazardous to your sex life. It can also rarely cause meningoencephalitis (brain and surrounding tissue infection) which is far more life threatening. However, the most common presentation of hsv-2 is genital herpes, which is not life threatening. ...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 & ...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