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Doctor insights on: Chicken Pox From Shingles Exposure

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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Might exposure to chicken pox cause a shingles outbreak?

Might exposure to chicken pox cause a shingles outbreak?

They are buddies: Varicella-zoster are the responsible parties in chicken pox and shingles. If you have ever had chicken pox or the vaccine there is the possibility of shingles in your lifetime. While chicken pox does not cause shingles it has a clear role in its development. Other precipitating factors will bring out a shingles outbreak such as a viral illness, fatigue, and stress. ...Read more

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Can children get chicken pox from shingles?

Can children get chicken pox from shingles?

Yes.: Shingles lesions contain active chicken pox virus, so a child can catch chicken pox if they have direct physical contact with the rash. It does not transmit through the air. If a child has had both recommended doses of chicken pox vaccine, generally given at age 1 and 4, they're likely to be immune. ...Read more

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How are shingles related to chicken pox?

How are shingles related to chicken pox?

Varicella-Zoster: It is recognized that a virus caused both. After c-pox infection the virus is dormant in skin nerve cells commonly in the face or trunk. If the virus turns active, it causes shingles, and the virus is then referred to as herpes zoster. Virus is activated in people with weakened immune system, such as those with cancer or hiv, over age of 50, ill, injured, or under stress. ...Read more

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Do people ever get shingles from chicken pox?

Get shingles: When a child has chickenpox the virus remains inactive in the body forever. Under some circumstances, it may be reactivated, such as compromised immune system, stress, illness or re exposure to chickenpox. When reactivated, it presents as shingles. ...Read more

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Can chicken pox and shingles at the same time?

Different pattern: Although the germ is the same for both, the definition of the pattern defines them as 2 distinct issues.Chicken pox refers to the first body encounter with a varicella germ where it produces systemic fever and a well distributed rash.Often from 200-500 spots. Shingles refers to a return of the germ from hibernation in your nerve cells, in a localized area defined by the nerve where it was hiding. ...Read more

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Can i get shingles if IV never had chicken pox?

Shingles chickenpox: Some people get what is called subclinical chickenpox with very few or no blisters appearing on the skin, but they still had the infection. This infection can recur as shingles later on. ...Read more

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Can someone get get shingles if not had chicken pox?

Can someone get get shingles if not had chicken pox?

No, but: You canot have shingles unless you had prior chickenpox.However, 90% of adults who do not recall having chickenpox test positive for antibodies (they had it).You can actually acquire the germ if your mother has chickenpox during pregnancy and the germ gets into your system. This causes some problems in pregnancy but may go unrecognised and have no visable effect on the baby. ...Read more

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Can you get shingles when you have chicken pox shot?

Yes: Shingles is a re-activation of the pox virus although it tends to have a single dermatome distribution as opposed to an "all over the body" distribution as chicken pox does. If you think you are getting a shingles outbreak it is important to seek treatment within the first 72 hours. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more