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

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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