How is herpes simplex virus (HSV) differentiated from herpes zoster (shingles)?

Updated: Jan 25, 2019
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection may be recurrent and may appear in a dermatomal distribution, mimicking herpes zoster and leading to misdiagnosis if no confirmatory laboratory tests are performed. [75] Lymphangioma circumscriptum may occasionally also resemble herpes zoster. [76]


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