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How to Tell the Difference Between Herpes and Shingles

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

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  • Herpes and shingles are common infections caused by herpesviruses that trigger a unique primary infection and can be reactivated later. Up to 80% of Americans have oral herpes, 1 of 6 have genital herpes and 1 in 3 will develop a shingles outbreak in their lifetime


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