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What is the difference between herpes zoster and varicella zoster virus

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience in Pediatrics
Herpes zoster...: ...Is the return of the infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. The first time this infection occurs, it is called varicella.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Crosby
15 years experience in Dermatology
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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Word games: One is the name of a virus, the other is one condition that virus can cause.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience in Pediatrics
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 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Same thing: These are two terms for the same thing.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Shingles vs. herpes: Herpes zoster is shingles, a reactivation of the varicella zoster (chicken pox) virus, generally occurring along the distribution of a peripheral nerv ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
50 years experience in Dentistry
Chicken pox & malais: Zoster is chicken pox....Simplex is fever & malaise. Both are childhood diseases.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
HPV vs. shingles: Gardasil prevents human papillomavirus (hpv) infection. Hpv causes anogenital warts, dysplasia, and cancer. The herpes zoster vaccine prevents herpes ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Both the same virus: Chickenpox is an illness you can get as your first illness with the varicella virus. This virus creates the fever & skin rash & is common in childhood ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Confusing question: Varicella is a member of the herpes family of viruses. Its more specific name is herpes zoster. It is a cousin to but not the same as herpes simplex, ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
34 years experience in Pediatrics
The only: Link they have is they are both members of the Herpes family of viruses. They both can cause mouth sores. They both are contagious.
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Jones
21 years experience in Family Medicine
No: Scabies is a mite, shingles is a virus.
A member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
Entirely different: Everthing about them is different. Almost nothing is similar between them except both involve the skin. They are entirely different viruses that cause ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience in Dermatology
Shingles: Herpes zoster is the medical word for shingles. When you get chicken pox the virus (herpes) rests in a nerve of your spine. Years later, if you are un ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Primary vs return: Chickenpox is the primary infection of a patient by the wild varicella virus.It has an incubation phase, a blood phase, is spread in saliva and in mat ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Location: Chickenpox describes a generalized illness where the virus has circulated thru the body and comes to the skin surface as a later stage. On the skin su ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Herpes Zoster is : Related to shingles and herpes simplex is related to cold sores and genital infections (but can be else where on the body.).
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Acute vs. chronic: Igm antibodies appear after recent infection and then disappear. Igg antibodies come later and persist, indicating chronic or past infection. In the ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Moeller
37 years experience in Dermatology
Shingles and herpes: Both are from the herpes group of viruses. Herpes simplex type 1 and 2 usually occurs at or near the place of innoculation like the lips or the genet ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: The chicken pox vaccine and the shingles vaccine are made by the same company (merck). Both vaccines contain the same virus, but the shingles vaccine ... Read More
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