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What are the differences between herpes simplex virus 1 and 2?

What are the differences between herpes simplex virus 1 and 2?

Usually location: Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips. Type 2 usually causes genital herpes. However, herpes virus is an equal opportunity virus, so type 1 sometimes causes genital herpes, and type 2 sometimes ends up causing lip sores, depending on what kinds of activities a person participates in. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications help treat and prevent recurrences. ...Read more

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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


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Please advise what is the difference between herpes type 1 type 2 and herpes gladiatorum?

Please advise what is the difference between herpes type 1 type 2 and herpes gladiatorum?

Herpes: Classically, hsv-1 refers to herpes of the oral region (cold sores). Hsv-2 refers to herpes of the genital region. Herpes gladiatorum refers to when hsv-1 is spread to the neck, face, or arms. This usually occurs in athletes who have close contact with one another, such as wrestlers (hence the "gladiatorum"). ...Read more

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What is the difference between hepes zoster and herpes simplex?

What is the difference between hepes zoster and herpes simplex?

Different Viruses: Herpes zoster is same virus which causes Chicken Pox and also called Varicella Virus Herpes Simplex type 2 causes genital Herpes and Type1 mostly causes cold sores and sometime causs genital Herpes ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between herpes simplex virus 1 and HSV 2?

Can you tell me the difference between herpes simplex virus 1 and HSV 2?

Yes: Both belong to herpes group of visuses which are dna viruses.Herpes simplex 1 mostly oral in about 85% of cases while herpes simplex 2 usually genital in about 85% of cases.Herpes simplex1 is thus mostly acquired orally but herpes simplex2 through genital sex. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between herpes simplex 1, herpes simplex 2 and gential herpes?

Please advise what is the difference between herpes simplex 1, herpes simplex 2 and gential herpes?

Different Viruses: Hsv 1 and 2 are 2 viruses in the same family. They cause oral 'cold sores' and genital herpes. Both viruses can cause genital herpes. ...Read more

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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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How are herpes 1 and herpes2 different?

How are herpes 1 and herpes2 different?

HSV-1 ; HSV -2: Hsv -1 is the main cause for cold sores but also can be spread to the genital area. Hsv -2 causes most herpes simplex infections of the genital region but can also cause oral lesions. ...Read more

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What is the difference between herps simplex type 1 and type 2?

What is the difference between herps simplex type 1 and type 2?

Very little: These viruses could be considered close relatives, brothers, due to quite similar dna and behavior. There is some consideration that type one more commonly effects the mouth, while type 2 the genitals. However, given human behavior, there are many chances for type 1 to attack the genitals and type two to end up in the oral region. ...Read more

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What are the similarities between symptoms of shingles and herpes simplex infection?

What are the similarities between symptoms of shingles and herpes simplex infection?

Shingles and herpes: Both are from the herpes group of viruses. Herpes simplex type 1 and 2 usually occurs at or near the place of innoculation like the lips or the genetalia. It can recur often. Shingles usually occurs only once and the rash appears in a dermatome(course of a nerve) like along an arm, a side of a face, etc. All forms can cause blisters, itching and pain. ...Read more

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What is the difference in appearance between herpes simplex and shingles on your genitals?

What is the difference in appearance between herpes simplex and shingles on your genitals?

Shingles is dermatom: Shingles is caused by herpes simplex virus type 3. Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus type 2 and less commonly type 1. Type 1 and 2 cause a painful blister type rash with a red base that evolves into an ulceration. Type 3 (shingles) causes a blister type rash but usually only on one side and usually extends along the thigh , leg or abdomen (a "dermatomal" distribution). ...Read more

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What are the differences between genital herpes and penile yeast infection?

What are the differences between genital herpes and penile yeast infection?

Herpes vs yeast: Herpes is a viral infection and usually presents with painful vesicles, or fluid filled lesions. It can be treated but not cured. A yeast infection is what it says caused by yeast. It is a white creamy or cheesy discharge that is itchy. It can be treated and cured. If you are unsure which you have, see your doctor. You may require cultures and medication. All the best. ...Read more

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What is the difference between these two: herpangina and herpes vagina?

What is the difference between these two: herpangina and herpes vagina?

Different virus: Herpangina is usually a childhood infection and is caused by a cocksackie virus, producing sores in the mouth. For the other you may be referring to herpes vaginalis, which would be genital herpes in the female. This infection is caused by herpes simplex types i & ii, and the blisters (progessing to open "sores") occur just outside the vaginal opening and elsewhere on the vulva. ...Read more

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What is the difference between oral and genital herpes?

What is the difference between oral and genital herpes?

HSV-1 vs. HSV-2: Oral is on the lips, usually caused by hsv-1. Genital is on the genitals, usually caused by hsv-2. ...Read more

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What is the difference between genital herpes and oral cold sores?

What is the difference between genital herpes and oral cold sores?

Primarily location: Herpes simplex virus caises both oral lesions and genital lesions. Type 1 is usually found on the lips or mouth and type 2 in the genital region...But not always, as oral sex can cause either to be transmittedto the other area. ...Read more

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Differences between fungal infection and genital herpes, and does they are similar?

Differences between fungal infection and genital herpes,  and does they are similar?

2 different sources: Your history of jock itch indicates you've had fungal infections before in your groin area. Genital herpes is of viral origin, and is sexually transmitted. So, although they are similar, you could have both simultaneously. Best to have protected sex to protect yourself and your partner, and reduce spread, as both parties need to be treated. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the reasons HSV (herpes simplex virus) infects the human body?

I was wondering what are the reasons HSV (herpes simplex virus) infects the human body?

Exposure: It's a kind of virus that can infect anyone it encounters. There is no 'reason' why; it just is that way. ...Read more

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What is the difference of cold sores and genital herpes appearance?

Genital lesions...: ...Tend to be somewhat larger; other than that, the "dew drops on a rose petal" appearance is the same. ...Read more

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What is the difference between contracting genetal herpes and syphilis?

What is the difference between contracting genetal herpes and syphilis?

Two very different : One is caused by a virus and the other by a type of bacteria called a spirochaete. Both can last a lifetime, but syphilis can be eradicated under most circumstances, whereas once you have herpes simplex it is there forever. Both are sexually transmitted. ...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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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more