Can The Symptoms Of Shingles And Shingles Be Confused?

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Good night, my sister, a 41-year-old woman. At the waist slightly below (there is also near the thigh) to the left appears red nodules that are like filled with water. There are two that are quite large in size (0.5 cm). And there is another nodule that looks like a rather large bump but does not appear to contain water (this one is in the lower back). He said it feels itchy and slightly sore. I got a chance to see a general practitioner, and it was called herpes. But after returning from the doctor, we did not ask the type of herpes. What is shingles simplex or shingles. My questions: 1. What is the type of herpes that my sister is experiencing? 2. And can the symptoms of Herpes simplex and Herpes Zoster be confusing? That is, from what I read, Herpes simplex usually appears in the genitals, mouth, or anus. But can herpes simplex appear in the area other than the genitals, mouth, and anus as suffered by my sister on her waist? Or for example vice versa, Shingles can also appear on the genitals? Because from what I read too, the effects and handling of these two types of herpes are different so we need to ask for the next step. 3. If this is shingles, what can be the cause of my brother’s contact? What if you have never had chicken pox can also get shingles? Because we all forgot, he had had chicken pox before. Thus, thank you very much in advance for the answer.

1 Answer:

Good afternoon, thanks for the question


Chickenpox or chickenpox or known in medical terms as shingles is a varicella zoster virus infection in nerve fibers. This infection is a varicella virus that causes chickenpox which is active again in the body after the patient was infected with chickenpox a few years earlier, so that shingles appear.


Shingles has a characteristic appearance in the form of multiple nodules filled with reddish-colored liquid, and is spread in a certain pattern based on the affected nerve fibers. If a pimple appears around the lower waist to the front it may be shingles which attacks the lumbar supply. Shingles can also be found around the genitals, if the affected nerve is sacral, where skin disorders are found around the genitals, anus and buttocks. Another complaint that is typical of shingles is quite severe pain in the area of ​​skin disorders.


While herpes simplex is a varicella virus that is transmitted through sexual contact. Herpes simplex is either type 1 which causes skin disorders around the mouth or type 2 which causes abnormalities in the genital organs.


Herpes simplex with shingles can be distinguished based on direct assessment of skin disorders when the doctor performs a physical examination. The most visible difference is the pattern of spread of skin disorders as previously explained. Both also have different risk factors. Shingles is more common in elderly individuals, individuals with decreased endurance, or physical stress.


Optimal treatment is important since the initial appearance of nodules on the skin in this case to accelerate healing and prevent complications in the form of persistent pain or post herpetic neuralgia.


That's all, hope you can help
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