In this review site on “How To Treat Shingles“, you may be wondering why some of the highlighted programs seems to be for treating herpes instead of shingles. Did we get it wrong? No, we did not; and this is the reason why.
After doing much research by going to chat rooms and health forums, the research team discovers that as far as treatment is concerned, there is little difference between Shingles and Herpes.
The programs that we highlight in this review site works just as well for shingles as for herpes (oral/genital). Some of authors of these programs say so themselves on their sales page.
Yes, there are differences between the 2 as far as the type of virus causing it. Both conditions are caused by the Herpes virus but of different types.
Please read on (if you wish) to find out in details what these differences are:-
Herpes Zoster Virus & Herpes Simplex Virus – Difference?
The Herpes Zoster (that causes shingles) and the Herpes Simplex (that causes oral or genital herpes) virus are constantly confused. The Herpes viruses causes both these conditions and both these conditions are rashes. So what is the difference between them?
The Herpes Virus
First, let us look at the different types of Herpes viruses. There are 8 types of herpes viruses known to affect humans. They are called the Herpes Human Viruses (HHV).
These viruses are:
HHV1 – HSV1 (Herpes Simplex Virus 1 commonly known as oral herpes)
HHV2 – HSV2 (Herpes Simplex Virus 2 commonly known as genital herpes)
HHV3 – VZV (Varicella Zoster Virus commonly known as chickenpox or shingles)
HHV4 – EBV (Ebstein Barr Virus commonly known as infectious mononucleosis [mono or glandular fever])
HHV5 – CMV (Cytomegolo Virus is the most common virus transmitted to a pregnant woman’s unborn child)
HHV6 – Roseolovirus more commonly known as the 6th disease or Roseola Infantum
HHV7 – Similar to HHV6 (not yet classified)
HHV8 – A type of rhadinovirus known as the Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV)
The different types of Human Herpes Viruses (HHV) work differently in your body and therefore cause different symptoms.
Let us look at some of the symptoms of both these conditions (Herpes Zoster vs Herpes Simplex)
Herpes Zoster (that causes Shingles)
- Rashes on your body
- Chickenpox symptoms show 7 – 21 days after contracting VZV for the first time.
- Painful, irritating and itchy rashes
- Shingles symptoms usually appear years after a chickenpox infection.
- Fatigued, tired and weak feeling.
- A generally sick feeling
- Chickenpox is very contagious during 7-21 day period.
- Shingles is not very contagious.
Herpes Simplex Virus (that causes Oral and Genital Herpes)
- Sore muscles
- Blisters and sores on or around the genital area and lip area.
- Cold and flu like symptoms.
- Dormant virus is activated by sunlight, stress, fatigue, pregnancy, injury to genital area or mouth.
- Rash and bumps on skin
- Symptoms take 7 to 14 days to clear.
- Very contagious
Summary – Difference Between The Two Viruses
- The VZV human herpes virus causes Herpes Zoster (causes Shingles).
- The HSV human herpes virus causes Herpes (causes Oral/Genital Herpes).
- Herpes Zoster usually occurs once in a person’s life as Chickenpox and may recur many years later as Shingles.
- Herpes is recurrent. The infection is triggered by UV rays (sunlight), fatigue, hormone imbalances (pregnancy, menopause and stress) and injury or infection to the genital area or mouth.
- Chickenpox is very contagious during the 7-21 day dormant period but is not contagious once symptoms show.
- Shingles is not very contagious.
- Herpes is very contagious during the dormant period and when symptoms are present.
So, there you have it. Hopefully, this piece of article makes it clear to you where these differences lie.
But as we mentioned before, there are many similarities as far as treatment is concerned for both shingles and oral/genital herpes. Some programs that we found are more specific as compared to others. So we highlight both on this site. Hope that clears up the matter on this issue.