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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

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


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What are the differences between canker sores and mouth herpes (herpetic gingivostomatitis inside mouth)?

What are the differences between canker sores and mouth herpes (herpetic gingivostomatitis inside mouth)?

Canker sores vs HSV: Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are painful sores inside the mouth. No one knows what causes canker sores. Herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) typically causes cold sores. Cold sore blisters can occur in many different parts of the body but are most common on or around the lips and cheeks. ...Read more

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Contagious types of sore throat?

Contagious types of sore throat?

Infectious: Lots of conditions cause a sore throat - stomach acid reflux, viral or bacterial infections (or other pathogenic infections for that matter) as well as dry throat and some medication that dry out the throat, change in humidity or moisture in the air. Only the infections one are contagious. Breathing or coughing out particles or even spreading through touching of spit with hands can transmit it. ...Read more

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How are genital shingles and herpes different?

How are genital shingles and herpes different?

Virus: Shingles is reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, or chickenpox. It usually takes a dermatomal pattern, so having isolated genital shingles would be rare. The lesions would be similar, with vesicles/blisters (vzv and hsv are related). ...Read more

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What type of herpes simplex virus causes cold sores?

What type of herpes simplex virus causes cold sores?

Type 1 more common: Cold sores on or near the lips are due to recurrence of herpes type 1 or 2. Herpes viruses, after the initial infection, live in a person's nerves and travel down the nerves to the surface to form blisters that break open, spreading more virus. Type 1 is more common on the lips, and type 2 more common on the genitals. With people engaging in oral sex, either type can be in one or both locations. ...Read more

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Types of herpes?

Types of herpes?

8 in humans: There are 25 known herpes viruse, 8 of which infect humans. The types are: 1, cold sores; 2 genital herpes; ebv mononucleosis; CMV causes retinitis in hiv; varicella causes chickenpox and shingles; herpes virus 6 causes roseola; and herpes virus 8 causes kaposi's sarcoma. ...Read more

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Are mouth ulcers a type of herpes?

Are mouth ulcers a type of herpes?

Perhaps: Some mouth ulcers are the result of a herpes virus, while others are not. Mouth ulcers that recur in the same spot many times are often due to the herpes virus. ...Read more

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I have herpes zoster, are liquids in the blisters contagious?

I have herpes zoster, are liquids in the blisters contagious?

Yes!: Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is a contagious viral infection. It is a reactivation of the varicella virus that causes chickenpox. You would be contagious to someone who who has never had chickenpox before or has never been vaccinated. You should keep the area covered at all times and wash your hands often. Stay clear of pregnant women, infants and immunocompromised people. ...Read more

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Can canker sores and herpes outbreak in mouth, underneath tongue, can they look alike ?

Can canker sores and herpes outbreak in mouth, underneath tongue, can they look alike ?

Yes: Canker sores appear in the mouth area (tongue, gums, lip) and are small, shallow ulcers that make talking and eating uncomfortable they are gray in color and have a distinct edge. The sores will usually heal within 10 to 14 days.The cold sore location of those infected with the herpes virus may occur on the roof of the mouth, the throat, the inside of the cheeks, the front of tongue and the lips. ...Read more

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What type of herpes simplex virus causes genetically herpes?

What type of herpes simplex virus causes genetically herpes?

Type 2: If you are speaking of 'genital' herpes, it is typically type 2, although the possibility of type 1 causing genital lesions is well documented. ...Read more

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Are canker sores caused by the HSV 1 virus? Are they a form of HSV 1?

Are canker sores caused by the HSV 1 virus? Are they a form of HSV 1?

No: Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are often confused with cold sores and are not the same. The exact cause of canker sores is unknown although stress and injury are suspected factors.They are not contagious and appear only inside the mouth. Cold sores, or herpes simplex type 1, on the other hand, are groups of painful, fluid-filled blisters and are contagious.They most often occur on the outside lips. ...Read more

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Are shingles, chicken pox and herpes all the same virus?

Are shingles, chicken pox and herpes all the same virus?

No, but related: They are related but different. There are several human herpes viruses. All cause an initial infection, then lie dormant and may recur later. Herpes simplex viruses (HSV) types 1 and 2 cause oral and genital herpes. Chickenpox and shingles (herpes zoster) are caused by the same herpes virus, named varicella zoster virus (VZV), different than HSV. Shingles is a localized recurrence of chickenpox. ...Read more

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Herpes zoster/shingles pain in chest area (risk of postherpetic neuralgia). What can I do?

Herpes zoster/shingles pain in chest area (risk of postherpetic neuralgia). What can I do?

See your doctor.: Although there is not a “cure” for shingles- valacyclovir (valtrex), Acyclovir (zovirax) ; Famciclovir (famvir) can help symptoms. Narcotics (i.e., codeine), tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline), anticonvulsants (neurontin) as well as localized numbing medications can be used for pain. Cool bath or compresses over the rash may v pain/ itching. ...Read more

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Are canker sores contagious or a form of herpes?

Are canker sores contagious or a form of  herpes?

No and no : Canker sores are an auto-immune inflammatory reaction to some types of trauma: physical, emotional, pharmaceutical and/or illness. They are self-limiting, need no medication and not contagious. In cases where the size, number or duration of the canker sores are not tolerable, you can take anti-inflammatory meds (nsaids) or ask your dentist for a chemical cautery or laser treatment for comfort. ...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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more