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Herpes zoster vs varicella zoster

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Same thing: These are two terms for the same thing.

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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Herpes zoster...: ...Is the return of the infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. The first time this infection occurs, it is called varicella.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Same virus, but: The first time a person catches the varicella zoster virus, he gets a case of chicken pox. Most of the time, chicken pox is obvious. Occasionally, a p... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes: In children, the rash is mild and complete resolution usually occurs within 1-2 weeks.
Dr. Cameron Duffy
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Terminology issue?: Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) is the virus that causes chicken pox in acute infection. After being exposed to VZV, the virus can become dormant and la... Read More
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: In the pre-vaccine era it was well known that about 95% of adults with no hx of chickenpox had antibodies in their blood. This is evidence of prior in... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Crosby
Dermatology 16 years experience
See Below: It can be a bit confusing. The technical name for 'shingles' is herpes zoster. Herpes zoster is caused by a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
You're in luck...: Shingles comes from within. A person who had varicella in childhood should have immunity to varicella, and should have varicella virus remaining insid... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
1. Doubtful;...: ...Never noted to be associated with more frequent miscarriages than baseline; 2. Category b: none noted in limited studies; 3. Yes, but this usually ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Only varicella virus: Shingles is a condition where the zoster virus emerges from hibernation in one of your nerve roots. It travels down the nerve and exits in the distrib... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thad Woodard
Specializes in Pediatrics
Recurrent chickenpo: When first infected with chickenpox (varicella) the virus remains alive in your nervous system for the rest of your life and for unclear reasons can r... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Word games: One is the name of a virus, the other is one condition that virus can cause.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Lockhart
Dentistry 9 years experience
Virus: Shingles is a herpes zoster virus that can occur in anyone who has had chicken pox (herpes simplex) There are currently injections which aid in the pr... Read More

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