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Shingles is a type of herpes virus which is HSV 5 (herpes 5) so Shingles can essentially show up anywhere on the body and is essentially a reactivation of the varicella virus - genitals would be a very unusual place, but I have seen it there.HSV 1 and HSV 2 (both are regular herpes) and BOTH can be on the genitals and/or mouth.
And, even if HSV 1, 2, or 5 - you will have a healthy body - you can treat with Valtrex (or Acyclovir) antiviral medications to help.
I will be going tomorrow to get checked out. I want to get the lession tested, not just be treated for herpes. I want to know if it is herpes zoster, herpes 1 or 2.....which tests should I ask for? I have been reading about it all and it seems that doctors often dismiss a lession as herpes wo checking. Also, if it is herpes I think the long term use of valtrex is the way to go bc it seems to help the best overall.....is that true? I currently take synthroid for hypothyroidism.....will there be any issue with staying on valtrex? Also, I have read that l-lysine helps and aginine does not as far as onset of future breakouts.....what is arginine in? I know this is a lot, but I am trying to educate myself before going to the doctor. I am completely mortified that it might be herpes bc I have a steady boyfriend and neither of us has been exposed to genital herpes, but he might have herpes 1 from cold sores....never had any cold sores, but has sensitive skin. Could he have given it to me wo presenting symptoms?
Are there any good topical creams that help deaden pain and snuff out the herpes lession? I have seen some items on line but don't want to get taken by inneffective products. thx
In order to test you will need a culture of this - your doctor will do the right thing and get this tested appropriately.Valtrex is a good way to treat BOTH.Synthroid is not affected by Valtrex.Lysine and Argine are amnio acids - there is little proof it works.Cold sores ARE a herpes virus....so this is herpes and can show up on the genitals if he touched/ kissed you while he had a sore.There is nothing really that is available over the counter - it is all prescription.
I would like more information regarding the differences between herpes 1,2, and 5. I am trying to handle the prognosis and need to know what I am up against....