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What is the difference between herpes zoster and varicella zoster virus

A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
35 years experience 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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Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Crosby
16 years experience 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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Dr. Michael Bryan
32 years experience Dermatology
VZV: Varicella-zoster virus (chicken pox/shingles virus) is within the broad family of herpes virus. It is not herpes 1 (cold sores) or herpes 2 (genital ... Read More
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Smith or Jones ???: Viruses have been classified over the years in many ways. Sometimes from where found, parvo from dogs, or shape=rotovirus looks like a tennis ball wit ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Word games: One is the name of a virus, the other is one condition that virus can cause.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
35 years experience 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 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Daus
37 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not long: It can not live for long periods of time but lysol will kill it.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lorrie Klein
36 years experience Dermatology
Chickenpox: Chickenpox is a viral disease caused by varicella zoster. After a chickenpox infection the virus lives on in nerves and of it reemerges later in life ... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Janesta Noland
Specializes in Pediatrics
About 24 hours: Vzv can survive outside the human body for up to 24 hours, but it may be less in inhospitable conditions.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
49 years experience Infectious Disease
Vzv: It does not appear to have mutated much.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bin Sung
Dr. Bin Sung answered
34 years experience Pediatrics
Lifetime: As long as you live, the virus stays with you mostly in dormant stage and occasionally flares up.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mazin Albert
10 years experience General Practice
Serious effects: Varicella-zoster virus can cause prematurity, encephalitis, pneumonia, intrauterine growth restriction, central nervous system abnormalities, limb abn ... Read More
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