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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 having had shingles in the past affect my herpes 1 & 2 blood test?

Could having had shingles in the past affect my herpes 1 & 2 blood test?

No: Shingles is caused by reactivation of the varicella virus which is also the cause of chicken pox. It is a totally different virus than herpes simplex virus and should not affect your herpes simplex virus antibody levels. ...Read more

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I have been told that my breakouts are shingles last week i was told I have herpes. Are there tests what do I do I am happily married my sole mate?

Shingle: The diagnosis is generally made by physician, by taking history and a thorough physical examination. Anti virals started in early course of disease could significantly decrease the severity of post-herpetic neuralgia. But on the othet side, , you are having hepes simpkex 1 or 2, then you and your partner need to be first tested and later discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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Zoster herpes Igg level 2400 with shingles like outbreak that only relieves with b12 and C shots. How do I confirm it's not shingles? Any tests/sign?

Zoster herpes Igg level 2400 with shingles like outbreak that only relieves with b12 and C shots. How do I confirm it's not shingles? Any tests/sign?

Culture lesions: Recurrent herpes zoster outbreaks are not very common, and are usually related to a drop in your immunity that suppresses the herpes zoster virus lying dormant in your dorsal root ganglia. B12 & C shots are not indicated treatments for shingles outbreaks. You can have your clinician unroof one of the lesions during an outbreak and collect a herpes zoster culture. Take Care! ...Read more

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are there any similarities between recurring breakout of shingles on my right buttock and gential herpes and AIDs, had blood tests no results yet?

 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

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Can someone be immune to the herpes simplex virus ? And still have the shingles? If so is there a test you can take to see?

Can someone be immune to the herpes simplex virus ? And still have the shingles? If so is there a test you can take to see?

Painful 1-side rash: Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus, a member of the herpes virus family. Herpes simplex viruses are also members of the same family but different viruses from herpes simplex. You can have one & not the other. Having antibodies to herpes simplex doesn't prevent you from having shingles. Shingles is a reactivation of chickenpox that a person had previously. There are blood tests for all 3. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Is it possible to test positive on IgG herpes hsv 2 test and not have it?(Is it possible chicken pox virus/shingles could also cause positive result?)

Is it possible to test positive on IgG herpes hsv 2 test and not have it?(Is it possible chicken pox virus/shingles could also cause positive result?)

False positive: IgG tests are possible. There can be some cross-reactivity with other viral antibodies. The definitive diagnosis of specific viruses including HSV 1, 2 and HIV is a western blot test. This also tests for antibody protein but to the specific virus. I believe getting an HSV2 western blot should be your next step. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Im9 weeks pregnant had herpes before conception should I go through any tests ? Does herpes affect the child had herpes zoster just 6 to 8 blisters

Im9 weeks pregnant had herpes before conception should I go through any tests ? Does herpes affect the child had herpes zoster just 6 to 8 blisters

Confusing question: Herpes zoster is a reactivation of chickenpox on superficial skin and provides no direct risk to the fetus. If you never had genital herpes (herpes simplex), your baby is not at risk. Discuss this with your ob. Even moms who have had prior genital herpes can have healthy babies if your OB is aware of it and plans accordingly. ...Read more

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I had very mild herpes zoster just 8 blisters and I am cured now my pregnancy test is positive now after 5 days of medicine .Can it affect the fetus ?

I had very mild herpes zoster just 8 blisters and I am cured now my pregnancy test is positive now after 5 days of medicine .Can it affect the fetus ?

Zoster: It should not affect the fetus. It is a reactivation of the virus that you have had since chicken pox (or the vaccine) in your youth. With shingles (zoster), the virus does not travel through the blood stream - it travels locally down a nerve and to the skin. If anything it will boost your immunity to shingles/chicken pox during pregnancy. ...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?

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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Does shingles have anything to do with herpes?

They're cousins: Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus. Herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus. Both are in the category of herpesviruses, but they're different. It gets confusing, because singles is also known as "herpes zoster." the lesions of herpes and shingles can look very similar: blisters on a red base than open, ooze, and crust over. ...Read more

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Is herpes and shingles the same thing? What about herpes zoster?

Is herpes and shingles the same thing? What about herpes zoster?

Shingles: Herpes zoster is the medical word for shingles. When you get chicken pox the virus (herpes) rests in a nerve of your spine. Years later, if you are under stress or sick you can get shingles which is on one side of your body and can be very painful. If is not uncommon for the pain to start before the rash. ...Read more

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If someone is on medication for shingles how much of a risk are they in catching herpes?

Herpes and new info: There is no way to honestly or correctly answer this. But, one would assume the risk is lessened while on this medication, but it not more than 50% lessened. One is still at risk for getting infected, even on medication. Remember the new rules: every sexually active adult needs the herpes blood tests to know their status. One can be infected without knowing it because no sores occurred. ...Read more

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I get what I think are herpes outbreaks but my shingles never came back. Is it gone forever?

No: Herpes & shingles (herpes zoster virus) hide out in the body (nerve root) & reappear when triggered by stress (illness, emotional stress, etc). Usually the first outbreak of herpes is the strongest & subsequent ones tend to be milder. Most people do not get more than one outbreak of shingles, but it is possible. ...Read more

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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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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