Have you ever had a hive breakout? I am guessing you have. If not, then you can count yourself lucky, but some of us do suffer from a condition known as herpes zoster. It is caused by a virus called the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). All of this may sound like “hives:” hives are raised welts on your skin that contain fluid or other contents of the body, such as puss. But what exactly is the difference between a hive and shingles?
Hives and Shingles are both pesky to deal with. Let’s get the difference between them out of the way so you can get back to enjoying your life.
What Are Hives?
Hives are a skin condition that causes red bumps and welts on your skin. They’re usually caused by an allergic reaction to something you’ve eaten or come into contact with, or by stress. Hives can be very uncomfortable and painful, but they don’t last long usually only a few days, depending on what’s causing them.
What Are Shingles?
Shingles are also a kind of rash that causes painful blisters on one side of your body. They’re caused by the herpes zoster virus, which is related to the herpes simplex viruses that cause cold sores and genital herpes. Shingles generally appear in people who have had chickenpox before: if you had chickenpox when you were younger (and most people do), then there’s a chance that you’ll get shingles later in life as well.
What Is The Difference Between Hives and Shingles?
Shingles and hives are both related to the same medical condition, but they have some important differences.
Shingles are a skin rash that includes a band of small blisters on a strip of skin. It’s caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, and it can be very uncomfortable. A hive is a raised area of skin on your body that feels like an insect bite or sting. You may have had hives before; they’re usually temporary and not serious.
Hives are usually caused by an allergic reaction to something you’ve eaten or breathed in, such as pollen or chemicals in cleaning products. They’re also sometimes triggered by stress or exercise. Even if you’ve never had hives before, if you know what your triggers are, you can avoid them and prevent future attacks from happening again!
Shingles is a different kind of rash entirely it’s caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox (varicella-zoster virus), but it only affects adults who have already had chickenpox before they were old enough for their bodies to make antibodies against the virus (usually around age five). Shingles are more common among older adults whose immune systems aren’t as strong as they used to be (like after undergoing chemotherapy treatments).