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What is the difference between shingles and herpes. Can an

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what is the difference between shingles and herpes. Can an outbreak of shingles occur on the buttocks and travel down the crack between the cheeks of ones rear end? My granddaughter had one painful outbreak in July and now is having the symptoms of another outbreak How does she tell the difference between shingles and herbes.
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 12 months ago.


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Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 12 months ago.

Herpes is a group of viruses and it has 8 variants

Shingles is caused by Herpes Zoster [Varicella Zoster] Virus, a type of Herpes Virus.

Usually presented with painful rash and blisters on one side of the body

It is the same virus that causes Chicken pox. After Chicken pox is cured, the virus stays in the body and can reactivate in the adulthood to cause shingles in some people

Herpes is caused by Herpes simplex virus. , can be oral herpes caused by HSV 1, and genital Herpes caused by HSV 2.

Both cases present as white blisters around mouth or around genitals

If pain bothers more, and if it sound like nerve pain, it is probably shingles

Herpes presents with blisters, fever and soreness around blisters.

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