Shingles vs. Herpes

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Difference between Shingles and Herpes

Herpesviridae is a family of viruses which cause diseases in humans and animals such as the macaque monkey and the mouse. They can cause recurrent infections due to their invasive action on the immune system.

Herpes viruses are composed of two double-stranded, linear DNA genomes which encode from 100 to 200 genes. They are nuclear replicating, transcribing the viral DNA to RNA in the nucleus of the infected cell. There are eight distinct viruses in the Herpesviridae family: Herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2, varicella zoster virus (shingles), Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, roseoloviruses 6 and 7 and the Kaposi’s sarcoma associated herpes virus.


Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a disease caused by the varicella zoster virus. After the chicken pox symptoms fade away, the virus may reappear after a prolonged period of time in the form of shingles.

Herpes is a disease caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 and 2. Oral herpes and genital herpes are the two most common variants.


Early symptoms of shingles include headaches, fever and a general feeling of malaise. After that, the infected person experiences a local burning sensation, itching and various levels of pain in the dermatome area. In a period from 2 days up to 3 weeks, a rash will appear on the torso. Some are also localized on the face or other parts of the body. Small blisters appear on the surface of the rash containing serous exudates. They will form a crust within ten days which will fall off and the skin will recover.

Symptoms of herpes include headaches, red sensitive area development, fever and muscle ache. Blisters appear on the surface of the red area. They will disappear within a few days to about a week, but the virus isn’t ever completely gone.


To alleviate the pain caused by shingles people can use over-the-counter analgesics, antiviral medication and steroids. Lotions which contain calamine can make the itching sensation less painful. Topical capsaicin and lidocaine may be used as well. Antiviral medication will inhibit the replication of the varicella zoster virus. Acyclovir, valacyclovir and famciclovir have proven to be efficient. Corticosteroids can be also used to treat the infection.

To treat herpes, people can use antiviral medication such as acyclovir and valacyclovir. Topical docosanol is effective in treating herpes occurring on the lips. Methods of alternative medicine such as aloe vera lotions or bee products can also be used successfully. Analgesics like ibuprofen and acetaminophen alleviate the sensation of localized pain.

Similarities and Differences

  • Shingles and herpes are diseases caused by the viruses of the Herpesviridae family.
  • Symptoms for shingles and herpes include headaches, rashes, blisters and local pain.
  • For treatment, people can use analgesics, antiviral medication like acyclovir and valacyclovir, steroids and aloe vera lotions.

Which disease is more common?
  • Shingles
  • Herpes

Discuss It: comments 3

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  • cynthia wrote on August 2019


I suffered hsv2 for 6yrs because of my addiction to ****, this faithful day I sex this tall Asian stripper by the name Yon on her red blood, with condom no breakage the next day I started noticing this discomfort on my testis and thigh I couldn't bear it I went for test which came out hsv2 +ve then I know I'm in. I struggled I did everything humanly possible to get a cure for over five years with no reasonable solution. Last year I started introducing more natural stuffs to my system then became more interested in nature. I realised that everything natural has a purpose and God made them to serve a purpose. I repented and asked God for forgiveness because he alone can deliver me of this impurity. I searched blogs, websites, more on God and nature. Early this year I met this herbal DR Isiramen contact on how he have successfully cured people of their diseases problems, I copied his contacts to give him a trial, I'm determined to be cured, Nature is broad so I know there must be a cure somewhere no matter what it cost or what I will see. Lo and behold he was my last. He prepared and sent me herbs which within two days of use I started noticing rapid change in my system after days of used he asked me how I was doing and I replied pretty well, weeks later he said go for test. I can't wait to confirm this herbalist claim I did test the following day I did the second test to clear doubts and still hsv2 -ve. I can't keep silent when many are out there believing there is no cure. To confirm this cure for your self contact DR Isiramen on his direct digit whatsapp . +2348117963221 you can still email him on

There are many people out there who never know of this just as I share do same, If you are HSV lucky for you to see this. Don't keep quite. Be of good conscience also help a sufferer reach him by sharing this.

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  • mark davis wrote on January 2020

HOW I GOT CURED FROM HERPES,How i was cured of HERPES disease by a Doctor called DR SCOFUA, i was browsing through the Internet searching for cure on HERPES and i saw comment of people talking about how Dr Scofua cured them. I Was scared because i never believed in the Internet but i decided to give him a try because i was having no hope of been cured of this VIRUS. so i decided to contact him with his email that was listed on the comment when i contacted him he gave me hope and sent a Herbal medicine to me that i took and it seriously worked for me, now i’m a free person now without sickness, my HERPES TEST result came out NEGATIVE. I pray for you Dr Scofua, God will give him everlasting life, you shall not die before your time for being a sincere and great man. I’m so happy. You can also contact him if you have any problem via, or whatsApp him on this number +2347033053066. HE ALSO CURES OTHER DISEASES LIKE (1).HERPES CURE(2).ALS (3).HEPATITIS B(4).HIV/AIDS CURE(5).HPV CURE(6).SPIRITUAL HEALINGS(7).CANCER (8).ASTHMA(9).DIABETES

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  • sheldon moore wrote on last month

I'm so exited to share my testimonies about the Good Work of Dr. Emmanuel who cured my Herpes virus with his herbs, I never thought that I will live on earth before the year runs out. I have been suffering from a deadly Herpes virus (HVS) for the past (4)years now; I had spent a lot of money going from one Hospital to another looking for way to get rid of this disease, the hospital have been my home everyday residence. Constant checks up have been my hobby not until this faithful day, I was searching

through the internet, I saw a testimony on how Dr.Emmanuel helped someone in curing his Herpes virus using his healing

Herbs, quickly I copied his email just to give him a test I spoke to him, he asked me to a preparation for the herbs items, of which I did exactly what he instructed me to do, he told me that he is going to provide the herbal cure to me, which he

did, few days after i went back to the same hospital that previously confirmed me as Herpes virus positive and this time the result declared me negative to the deadly virus of Herpes I decided to share my testimony, that nothing is impossible with God, God use a man to healed me. No matter what you are passing through, no matter how deadly the sickness is and no matter what the situation is God that did mine is still going to do yours, suffering from AIDS, ALS,hiv/aids,copd, asthma.. Cancer,Hpv, any kind of disease, you can rich him now via ? Gmail address: ( or WhatsApp number +2348140073965,doctor Emmanuel IG: @dremmanuel2

thank you.

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