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Doc diagnosed herpes (shingles) (red rashes on right scalp,cheek & neck with fever) but prescribed amoxicillin+clavulanate combi. Is this any good?

Doc diagnosed herpes (shingles) (red rashes on right scalp,cheek & neck with fever) but prescribed amoxicillin+clavulanate combi. Is this any good?

Viral infection: The medication you've bee prescribed is Not a customary treatment for herpes zoster infection. I generally prescribe Valtrex™ Or similar. Your treating MD may be treating you for a bacterial infection you've been diagnosed. Check with your doctor to have a clarification, or seek a second opinion. ...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


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Could water be applied to rashes of herpes zoster?

Could water be applied to rashes of herpes zoster?

Yes: Just be gentile water will not harm the rash but it is very painful . It is nerve pain so what may seem to be an innocuous thing could be very painful to the sufferer. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, can water be applied to rashes of herpes zoster for washing?

Hello doctors, can water be applied to rashes of herpes zoster for washing?

Sure, water is OK: The temperature is the key. Your skin will react to water if the temperature is too cold or too hot, which could lead to more pain and obvious discomfort. Room temperature water can help ease the painful, uncomfortable skin of shingles. Make sure to wash your towels after the use. Be well. ...Read more

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I have herpes zoster, the doctor gave me the antiviral, and other medicines, what are the signs of the blisters and the rashes are getting better?

I have herpes zoster, the doctor gave me the antiviral, and other medicines, what are the signs of the blisters and the rashes are getting better?

A week to 10 days: The rash should be completely dry in 7 to 10 days. If persists or new vessicles appear then it would be concerning. Sometimes they can start looking worse before they better. ...Read more

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Im planing to take l-arginine? I had a past symptoms of herpes zoster? I heard taking l-argine can get herpes? I had once pimples, rashes in penis skin

Im planing to take l-arginine? I had a past symptoms of herpes zoster? I heard taking l-argine can get herpes? I had once pimples, rashes in penis skin

See answer: There are 8 herpes virus types. Types most familiar to us: herpes simplex viruses (types 1 and 2) which can cause mouth cold sores and/or genital herpes; and varicella-zoster virus which causes chicken pox and shingles. Type-specific herpes blood test can help detect prior exposure to Types 1 and 2. L-Arginine, a common supplement, reportedly promotes replication of the herpes virus. Significant? ...Read more

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Small cut outside anis. Bit itchy but no pain. Can it be herpes? Had rash 2 days ago on other buttcheeck. Dr thinks it's shingles & swabbed 4 herpes.

Small cut outside anis. Bit itchy but no pain.  Can it be herpes? Had rash 2 days ago on other buttcheeck. Dr thinks it's shingles & swabbed 4 herpes.

Probably not herpes: Herpes usually only occurs on one side of the body or the other, so going from one "butt cheek" is highly unlikely. Go back to your doctor and have him/her look at the new lesion. ...Read more

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I have a rash on the left side of my back and chest in a line. It bubbled and it hurts to breathe. Some say herpes others say shingles. What is it?

I have a rash on the left side of my back and chest in a line. It bubbled and it hurts to breathe. Some say herpes others say shingles. What is it?

Shingles: One-sided, severe, burning/stinging/aching pain with an associated rash is shingles until proven otherwise. See your Family Doc to start meds: Valtrex, pain medication, and sometimes steroids. Hopefully, the process can be managed and aborted. The worst-case scenario could involve months of pain that need to be managed with next-level medications. ...Read more

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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

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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

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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Once Herpes Zoster is triggered, how long does it generally take for the rash to appear?

Usually no trigger: Your question seems to assume a trigger of herpes zoster (shingles) is usually present or can be identified. Not so. Most cases are random without any prior symptoms or obvious trigger. Conditions that increase risk of shingles, such as immune deficiency of various kinds, typically are present for a long time, often years, before an episode of shingles appears. See MD ASAP if you suspect shingles. ...Read more

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I'd I had herpes zoster in 2012 5 days ago I notice a rash on my penis my doctor said it was herpes I tested positive what could I do now?

I'd I had herpes zoster in 2012 5 days ago I notice a rash on my penis my doctor said it was herpes I tested positive what could I do now?

Acyclovir: If these outbreaks occur with any frequency you can treat this with acyclovir, and prophylactic acyclovir may prolong the intervals between subsequent outbreaks. Otherwise there is not much you can do. This virus will remain with you for your lifetime. ...Read more

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Painful, itchy rash on palms of hands & soles of feet, followed shortly by acute infection of 1 eye (treated) but rash persists. Herpes Zoster?

Not Zoster: Pustulosis palmaris et plantaris. Dyshidrotic eczema. Pompholix. Psoriasis. Id reaction. See a dermatologist for diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more

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Can shingles occur on cranial nerves without a single rash or symptom and cause post-herpetic neuralgias silently?

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

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Are shingles the same thing as herpes?

No: Genital herpies is a different disease than shingles, however, the structure of the virus is very similar and both are named in the "herpes virus" class. Shinges is called herpes zoster and genital herpes is called herpes simplex - ii (hsv-ii), however, some patients can have genital herpes infections with herpes symplex - i (hsv-i). Most cold sores or oral herpes infections are caused by hsv-i. ...Read more

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Is shingles and herpes the same thing?

Is shingles and herpes the same thing?

Herpes simplex: Shingles is also called herpes zoster, but the two viruses are completely different. Shingles is recurrence of the varicella-zoster virus which causes chickenpox. Herpes simplex produces mucocutaneous lesions on the skin and mucous membranes usually of the mouth and genetalia. Shingles occurs on one dermatome of the skin. ...Read more

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Any one had a skin decease called shingles? Same as herpes?

Any one had a skin decease called shingles? Same as herpes?

Yes and no: Shingles is also called zoster. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus which starts as chickenpox and sometime after you recover may recur as shingles later in life. It is however a herpes virus, although not herpes simples types 1 & 2 which cause fever blisters and genital herpes among other things (central nervous system infections). ...Read more

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How to determine the difference between genetal herpes and shingles?

How to determine the difference between genetal herpes and shingles?

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

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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Skin 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