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what's the difference between chicken pox and measles?

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Dr. Glynis Ablon
28 years experience Dermatology
These are : completely different viruses and we now have vaccines to prevent both! I recommend getting both
Answered on Jul 6, 2014
Dr. Andrew Reeves
29 years experience Neurology
For starters : They are entirely different viruses, causing different diseases
Answered on Jul 6, 2014
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Dr. Danny Farmer
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Different virus: They are caused by entirely different viruses! To make things more complicated, there are two different kinds of measles! Rubeola and rubella! Chicken pox is caused by veracella zoster ! Which can later cause shingles! You can now get a vaccine to prevent all three of these illnesses
Answered on Apr 3, 2015
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Dr. Ayyaz Shah
26 years experience Dermatology
Measles Vs Varicella: Both conditions are caused by viruses. Chicken Pox is caused by The Varicella- Zoster Virus whereas Measles is caused by The Measles Virus. Varicella has a very characteristic skin rash where one sees papules (bumps), pustules, vesicles (blisters) and crusting ALL AT THE SAME TIME. A typical case of Measles starts with a low grade fever, runny nose, red eyes and cough. Rash is seen 3-5 days later.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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