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What is the difference in appearance between herpes simplex and shingles on your genitals?
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Dr. Richard Hatch
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
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Dr. Richard Feinstein
Dermatology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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