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can you get shingles in your vaginal and anus areas I have

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can you get shingles in your vaginal and anus areas? I have fibromyalgia and think maybe this could be a factor.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Mary Claire Haver, M. D. replied 7 years ago.
Thank you for your question. It is an honor to be of service to you.

Yes you can get shingles in those areas - they do tend to be one-sided. Shingles is a reactivation of the "chicken pox" virus - or Varicella Zoster Virus - it is very similar in form and symptoms to the genital herpes virus as well. If you have active lesions there - you should see your gynecologist for an exam. Both viruses are treated with an antiherpetic medication - like Valtrex (Acyclovir), and will require a prescription for treatment.

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