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).
Herpes virus. There are many types of herpes viruses. Herpes simplex type i, causes cold sores on the face, while type ii, causes herpes sores on the genitals. Varicella zoster, vz, is a form of herpes virus that causes chicken pox and singles.Genital herpes reoccurs in the same exact spot, and may cause slight itching. Shingles usually follows a nerve, causes pain, and occurs only once. A hs culture can help.

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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...

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?

That'sALotOfPills!! The FDA has not approved it for use like that unless you are immunocompromised by AIDS or Multiple Myeloma,etc. It's used 'off-label' for those(i.e. not FDA approved but seem to or may work).As far as for you, I'd bet it would be prescribed like Gatoraid if anyone thought it would work (there's so many people with Herpes out there), but since Shingles comes-on later in life, that's a lot to take! Read more...
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...

What is the difference between herpes zoster and herpes simplex?

Chicken pox & malais. Zoster is chicken pox....Simplex is fever & malaise. Both are childhood diseases. Read more...
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...

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...

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?

Yes, serology. Herpes viruses include herpes simplex types i (labial) and ii (genital), varicella-zoster (chickenpox and shingles), epstein-barr virus (infectious mononucleosis and burkitt's lymphoma) and cytomegalovirus (gi and eye infections in the immunosuppressed). Infections with one member of the herpes virus family does not convey immunity to other members of this group of dna viruses. Serum blood titers. Read more...
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...