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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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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

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Please help! What is the main physical difference between herpes simplex and shingles on your genitals?

Please help! What is the main physical difference between herpes simplex and shingles on your genitals?

The virus involved..: Herpes virus related breakout on genitals is referred to herpes type ii (hsv-2), not simplex (type i, hsv-1, which is usually face/lips). Shingles is a recurrence of pox virus (varicella zoster virus which typically causes acute, short-lived chickenpox in children) ; breakout can be anywhere, nearly always only one sided ; not commonly involving the genitals. ...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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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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What is the difference between the herpes zoster vaccine and gardasil?

What is the difference between the herpes zoster vaccine and gardasil?

HPV vs VZV - vaccine: Human Papilloma Virus is responsible for cervical cancers & a host of other (rare) cancers as well. Good to get protected against that -esp. If you're young. Shingles vaccine (herpes zoster vaccine) protects against the chickenpox virus that causes zoster or 'Shingles'. No one wants to get that, although the data suggests we have a 1/3 life time risk. I believe in prevention -both vaccines r safe ...Read more

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What is the difference between herpes zoster and varicella zoster virus?

What is the difference between herpes zoster and varicella zoster virus?

Herpes zoster...: ...Is the return of the infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. The first time this infection occurs, it is called varicella. ...Read more

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Shingles or herpes on scrotum, how to tell difference?

Shingles or herpes on scrotum, how to tell difference?

Probably heroes: I have never seen shingles on a scrotum in 35 years of practice. Shingles occur along nerve distribution usually along the ribs, face, and hip areas. You most likely have herpes. See your doctor to look at them and can get a heroes blood test ...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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Shingles or herpes on scrotum, how to tell difference? It's only on the left side of his scrotum. It's also on the left side of his buttocks.

Shingles or herpes on scrotum, how to tell difference? It's only on the left side of his scrotum. It's also on the left side of his buttocks.

Probably shingles: Herpes zoster (shingles) sounds much more liikely. Genital herpes typically dosn't involve either buttocks or scrotum, especially both. Singles rash is usually more severe, more pain and more sores turning into black scabs. Lab testing can confirm which virus is responsible, and you also need a prescription for treatment. See your doctor ASAP; treatment most effective the sooner it's started. ...Read more

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Are shingles the same thing as herpes?

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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Someone with shingles takes medicine gets herpes would that make there shingles worse or the herpes worse?

Herpes & chicken pox: Shingles is a painful blistering reactivation of the chicken pox virus. This virus is a cousin to the two herpes viruses and the herpes treatment works for chicken pox and shingles.

Medications to treat these troubles are designed to make things better not worse. ...Read more

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If someone suffers from the shingles really bad and then catches herpes would that make theherpes just as bad.

Shingles = herpes: Shingles is a reactivation of herpes zoster also known as varicella zoster virus (VZV) which causes chickenpox, typically as a child. So the first infection is known as chickenpox which then goes away, actually laying dormant in some nerve root. Upon reactivation, it wanders down nerve & manifests as a stripe of painful blisters known as shingles. Vzv is not same as hsv or herpes simplex virus. ...Read more

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Can doctors confuse shingles for herpes?

Herpes/shingles: Shingles is a type of herpes outbreak called herpes zoster. It's us treated with antiviral medications. ...Read more

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Is it possible for lagophthalmos to be from herpes zoster (shingles)?

Lagophthalmos causes: Lagophthalmos the inability to close the eyelid completely. This results from damage to the 7th cranial nerve or 'facial' nerve. There are many possible causes such as trauma, stroke, tumors, Bell's palsy, Lyme disease or other rare causes. Although I've never seen a case - zoster could probably do it, although would be quite rare. Zoster infects nerve roots, so if it came out in that area, maybe ...Read more

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Can a shingles vaccination protect someone from herpes?

Can a shingles vaccination protect someone from herpes?

See below: While chickenpox (varicella) is in the family of herpes viruses, it is not the same virus that causes oral (herpes simplex -1) and genital herpes (herpes simplex - 2) ...Read more

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How to know it is shingles or genital herpes?

Dermatomal Rash: Generally shingles follow a dermatomal path meaning follow the path of a spinal nerve exiting the spine. Genital herpes stays around the mouth, groin and rectal areas mostly. There are always exceptions to the rule but this should help distinguish the two most of the time. ...Read more

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If I had genital herpes, how did I get shingles?

If I had genital herpes, how did I get shingles?

Not related: Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus I or ii. Shingles is caused by the "chicken pox" virus, which is also a herpes virus (herpes zoster). The only people who get shingles, are those who have had the chicken pox. ...Read more

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Any tips on pain relief for shingles/herpes zoster?

Zoster pain: 1. Anti-virals- decrease length of symptoms
2. Anti-inflammatories
3. Neuropathic pain meds: gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) tcas...
4. Traditional pain meds
5. Epidural steroid injections

hang in there! ...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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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