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A 49-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between herpes zoster and varicella zoster?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Same thing: These are two terms for the same thing.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between herpes zoster and varicella zoster virus?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 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.
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Word games: One is the name of a virus, the other is one condition that virus can cause.
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