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Are shingles, chicken pox and herpes all the same virus?

Are shingles, chicken pox and herpes all the same virus?

No, but related: They are related but different. There are several human herpes viruses. All cause an initial infection, then lie dormant and may recur later. Herpes simplex viruses (HSV) types 1 and 2 cause oral and genital herpes. Chickenpox and shingles (herpes zoster) are caused by the same herpes virus, named varicella zoster virus (VZV), different than HSV. Shingles is a localized recurrence of chickenpox. ...Read more

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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Can we give steroid with acyclovir in chicken pox or herpes zoster patient?

Can we give steroid with acyclovir  in chicken pox or herpes zoster patient?

I wouldn't: Any steroid taken during these outbreaks can suppress the body's immune response and increase the intensity of the outbreak.The worst case of chickenpox I ever saw involved a kid given steroids for a skin condition while he was incubating (10-21 days) the chickenpox. ...Read more

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Is shingles and chicken pox in the herpes family?

Is shingles and chicken pox in the herpes family?

Chicken pox shingles: There are at least 8 herpes viruses that all share a very similar genetic makeup. Varicella zoster is the chicken pox virus that affects children. It may remain dormant for years then reappear in the elderly or earlier if your immune system is compromised. Once reactivated it can cause "shingles." it is then referred to as herpes zoster. ...Read more

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I've had chicken pox & consistently have facial herpes breakouts. Do the breakouts have an effect either + or - on contracting shingles in the future?

VZV HSV HerpesZoster: Too many viruses and bad naming are part of the problem here. Hsv=herpes simplex virus. This shows up as herpes on the lips or genital areas. Vzv=varicella zoster virus. This virus causes chicken pox and shingles. Shingles is also called herpes zoster, but is not hsv herpes confusing, huh? Bottom line is you probably have hsv herpes on your face which does not affect your risk of shingles. ...Read more

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Should i get a shingles shot? 69 years old, had chicken pox, exposed to genital herpes apparently the lowest cost shingles shot i can get is $75, which for a senior on a fixed income is a lot of money. However, i had chicken pox as a child; i've never

Should i get a shingles shot?  69 years old, had chicken pox, exposed to genital herpes apparently the lowest cost shingles shot i can get is $75, which for a senior on a fixed income is a lot of money.  

However, i had chicken pox as a child; i've never

I : I would recommend that it is beneficial to get shingles vaccine for you. The risk of you getting shingles is as average as any person of your age group. Genital herpes does not have any role in incidence of shingles. But the after effects of shingles (postherpetic neuralgia), meaning pain and burning sensation in the area where the person had the rash from shingles even after the rash disappears in some individuals is very uncomfortable and this seems to increase with age. The benefit from vaccine decreases as you delay the vaccine after 70 yrs. The vaccine has shown that it decreases the intensity of shingles episode and incidence and intensity of post herpetic neuralgia. If you sum the cost of the doctor visits and medications needed to treat post herpetic neuralgia, the cost of shingles vaccine is definitely lower. I hope this is helpful. I wish you the very best. ...Read more

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Can the chicken pox virus cause symptoms of herpes?

Can the chicken pox virus cause symptoms of herpes?

Not really: A family of dna viruses known to cause human disease includes the herpes simplex strains that are well known to cause herpes i and ii (cold sore, genital sores)and herpes zoster that cause chickenpox and shingles.There are other herpes viruses that cause human disease but these are the ones under discussion. They are not the same virus. They may be cars but ones a chevy and the other a dodge. ...Read more

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How accurate is it that if you've had chicken pox at any point of your life that you have herpes?

How accurate is it that if you've had chicken pox at any point of your life that you have herpes?

Not really: A family of dna viruses known to cause significant human disease includes the herpes simplex strains that are well known to cause herpes i and ii and herpes zoster that cause chickenpox and shingles.There are other herpes viruses that cause human disease but these are the ones under discussion. They are not the same virus. They may be cars but ones a chevy and the other a dodge. ...Read more

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If I never had chicken pox, can I get one by coming in contact with someone who developed shingles (herpes) and previously had chicken pox?

If I never had chicken pox, can I get one by coming in contact with someone who developed shingles (herpes) and previously had chicken pox?

Not contagious: As previously taught to you Shingles is not contagious. It is a deep (inside the nerves of the affected human) reactivation of their previous infection with chicken pox. If you are worried you should get the Varicalla (chicken pox) vaccination. ...Read more

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Next day after kissing my boyfriend got herpes on his lip. I had chicken-pox 2 months ago. Does it protect me? Which medicine should I take?

Next day after kissing my boyfriend got herpes on his lip. I had chicken-pox 2 months ago. Does it protect me? Which medicine should I take?

Misinformed?: 75% of americans have herpes one. It is more likely that you already have been exposed than that this scenario you describe has put you at risk. If you are negative for oral herpes then there is risk here and there is no medication to prevent infection. Herpes infection is caused by virus and skin to skin contact. There is no correlation between sores and infectivity. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more