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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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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 & Herpes Simplex ...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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I take zovirax (acyclovir) for herpes simplex (genital). I take 40 mg everyday to suppress the herpes simplex eruptions. Will this drug suppress shingles too?

I take zovirax (acyclovir) for herpes simplex (genital). I take 40 mg everyday to suppress the herpes simplex eruptions. Will this drug suppress shingles too?

There is no evidence: No there is no evidens that it will suppress shingles, The only way to prevent shingles is by taking Zostavax the Shingle Vaccine. All adults over the age of 60 are recommemded to have shingle vaccine one dose to prevent shingles
Even though Zovirax (acyclovir) is used to treaas it will shorten the course if used within 48 hours of start of the rash. And the dose used is 800 MGM every 4 hours for 5 days ...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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Doctor diagnosed shingles is it possible they were wrong and it's actually herpes simplex?

Doctor diagnosed shingles is it possible they were wrong and it's actually herpes simplex?

Varicella Zoster Dx: 31 year old gentleman with a question about varicella zoster diagnosis. Physicians diagnose shingles because it follows a dermatomal distribution. While it is possible for herpes to infect the body (even the entire face and head can be affected by a condition called herpes gladiatorum) those cases are usually caused by patients taking topical steroid formulations. Please get a full exam with MD. ...Read more

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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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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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After full exam doctor diagnosed mild case of shingles on lower back. I'm still paranoid it was misdiagnosed and is herpes simplex - should I be?

After full exam doctor diagnosed mild case of shingles on lower back. I'm still paranoid it was misdiagnosed and is herpes simplex - should I be?

Shingles: Shingles is part of herpes family of viruses so you don't need to be paranoid. You actually do have herpes. Herpes Zoster, specifically. The term Symplex really prefers to type one which is found in the mouth and type two which is found in the genitalia. However, these viruses are all essentially related and affect different parts of the body. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is herpes simplex and herpes zoster different?

Yes: Herpes simplex is different than herpes zoster, but share similarities as they are in the same family of viruses. ...Read more

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Please advise what is different between herpes zoster and herpes simplex?

Herpes Zoster is: Related to shingles and herpes simplex is related to cold sores and genital infections (but can be else where on the body.). ...Read more

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Can herpes simplex type 1 infect the genitals?

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Yes: Herpes simplex virus type I does infect the genital tract. As a matter of fact, nearly 60% of neonatal herpes infections (mostly acquired from genital tract during the birth process) have been caused by HSV type i. ...Read more

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Could herpes simplex 1 be spread to the genitals?

Herpes: Herpes can infect any part of the body it comes in contact with. So, the simple answer is yes. But, one cannot get the infection a second time. One can only be infected once by the herpes type one or the herpes type two virus. If you are one to he people in america not already infected with herpes simplex or type one then you are at risk of getting infected. ...Read more

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Herpes simplex 1 affecting the genitals, what to do?

Herpes simplex 1 affecting the genitals, what to do?

Herpes Type 1: About a third of genital herpesos type 1.
Besides using a condom to prevent spread, there are a number of antriviral medications that decrease spread and can shorten an outbreak. See your physician for a prescription ...Read more

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Is there permanent cure for herpes simplex and genitals?

Is there permanent cure for herpes simplex and genitals?

Herpes: Nope. There is no cure. There is coming in the future hopefully a vaccine to prevent and possibly a vaccine process to suppress the viral shedding of those infected. ...Read more

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What to do if I have herpes simplex 1 affecting the genitals?

What to do if I have herpes simplex 1 affecting the genitals?

Herpes: About a third of genital herpesos type 1.
Besides using a condom to prevent spread, there are a number of antriviral medications that decrease spread and can shorten an outbreak. See your physician for a prescription ...Read more

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Would herpes simplex 1 ever clear up and will you ever have outbreaks in your genitals?

Yes and no: Herpes type I causes cold sores. Once you have herpes, it lives in your nerves and cannot be removed. It will cause outbreaks in the same area. It will not move to other areas of the body. If you have frequent outbreaks, it can be suppressed with a daily medication. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be with somone who had herpes simplex 1 in their genitals and not get it?

Yes: It is not a certainty that a partner will spread this virus with a single contact. Over time, with the same affected partner, the chances of transmission will increase. ...Read more

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Please help! What happens if you are tested positive for herpes simplex 1. Will you ever get outbreaks in your genitals?

Please help! What happens if you are tested positive for herpes simplex 1. Will you ever get outbreaks in your genitals?

Possibly: It's possible to get an outbreak of hsv-1 on your genital region if you contracted hsv-1 at the genital region. For instance, if someone with an oral hsv-1 lesion (cold sore) performed oral sex on your genitalia, they could potentially pass the hsv-1 to your genitals, making you susceptible for outbreaks of hsv-1 in your genital region. ...Read more

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Is it true that herpes simplex virus 1 turns into herpes simplex virus 2 when contacted on genitals?

No: Herpes 1 and herpes 2 are two different types of the same virus. Usually hsv1 causes cold sores and hsv2 causes genital herpes. However, one can see either type in both sites. It isn't a matter of the virus "turning into" the other. ...Read more

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Could herpes simplex one become genital herpes?

Could herpes simplex one become genital herpes?

Two Herpes: I think you may be confusing the terms and the infections. Herpes type one, infecting 75% of americans, is usually found near or on the mouth. But, it can infect any skin that it comes in contact with, including the genitals if one is not previously infected. Herpes type two, predominantly found on or near the genitals, and infecting 25% of americans can infect any skin it comes in contact with. ...Read more

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Could herpes simplex 1 cause outbreaks in your genital area?

Herpes: Outbreaks from herpes happen at the site that one was infected. They do not travel or migrate elsewhere on the body. The reason we no longer define herpes by the words 'oral' and 'genital' is that you can get these viruses on any part of your body exposed to them. ...Read more

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Can herpes simplex be transferred to genital herpes by oral sex?

Can herpes simplex be transferred to genital herpes by oral sex?

Oral herpes can: Transfer. Be careful to avoid contact with all mucosal areas, eyes, cuts in skin, and private areas when lesions (vesicles/blisters) are present and even for a few days after. The virus is very infectious. Take care! ...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