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Doctor insights on: Chicken Pox Virus Life Span

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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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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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How long can the chicken pox virus (varicella) survive in fluid?

How long can the chicken pox virus (varicella) survive in fluid?

24 to 48 hours: There's a little debate about this point, but detergents, heat and dessication (drying) will kill it easily. However, if the surface is wet, the virus will survive longer, and it can survive on some surfaces for an extended period of time. There is debate about "sending it through the mail" on licked envelopes, and having it live in bedding. ...Read more

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My girlfriend had chicken pox years ago, now I have it, is she completely immune to the virus?

My girlfriend had chicken pox years ago, now I have it, is she completely immune to the virus?

Yes: From the standpoint of getting chicken pox, yes. Once you have it, it's never gone. It sits dormant near where the nerves come out of your spinal cord, and sometimes it reactivates. When this happens, it's called shingles. Someone who had chicken pox is at risk for shingles for the rest of their lives. ...Read more

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Can you catch chicken pox virus a second time?

Can you catch chicken pox virus a second time?

No: You only get chickenpox once. After that, the varicella zoster virus lives in your nerve cells for life. It can become reactivated, resulting in shingles (a painful blistering rash over the distribution of a peripheral nerve), but not chickenpox. ...Read more

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If chicken pox viruses enter into the body of a man, what is the reaction within the body?

If chicken pox viruses enter into the body of a man, what is the reaction within the body?

Depends: If you have never had chickenpox, you may develop the disease. If you have had chickenpox as a child, you may develop shingles. ...Read more

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If i've had chicken pox as a child but i'm exposed to the active virus can I spread it to other people?

If i've had chicken pox as a child but i'm exposed to the active virus can I spread it to other people?

No: For someone who had natural chicken pox to catch same disease again and transmit to someone else is very unlikely. ...Read more

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What is the difference between chicken pox and a shingles virus?

Both the same virus: Chickenpox is an illness you can get as your first illness with the varicella virus. This virus creates the fever & skin rash & is common in childhood. It can be deadly if acquired as a primary infection in adults.Once you have it, it stays in you, hibernating in nerve roots & suppressed by your antibodies. In shingles, the virus has come back out along a nerve path producing pain & blisters. ...Read more

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How long does the chicken pox virus live on a surface if it was transmitted via saliva?

How long does the chicken pox virus live on a surface if it was transmitted via saliva?

Short survival time: The following comes directly from the centers for disease control website (cdc.Gov): varicella zoster virus herpesvirus (dna) primary infection results in varicella (chickenpox) recurrent infection results in herpes zoster (shingles) short survival in the environment. ...Read more

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Can someone catch she shingles virus from someon else if theyve had chicken pox before or can they only contract it on their own?

No: Shingles and chicken pox are the same virus. Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox. If you have had chicken pox, you are at risk from developing shingles from a reactivation of your own previous chicken pox infection. You will not get shingles from being exposed to a person with shingles. ...Read more

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If you are in contact with a child with chicken pox, but you are immune, will you carry the virus and pass it on to another child?

If you are in contact with a child with chicken pox, but you are immune, will you carry the virus and pass it on to another child?

Very unlikely: The virus is transmitted primarily from actively infected persons who are making large numbers of virus in their systems. If you are immune you will not get the virus, and it will die quickly if on your hands, etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get shingles if I never had chicken pox?? Or does it always have to be a reactivation of the chicken pox virus? Thanks.

Is it possible to get shingles if I never had chicken pox?? Or does it always have to be a reactivation of the chicken pox virus? Thanks.

Shingles: You must have had chicken pox, to get shingles. You can also get it if you have been immunized against chicken pox, but it is less likely. Shingles is more likely in people over 50, but children can get it, as well. ...Read more

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Please educate ppl on the fact that everyone who've had chicken pox as a child already have the shingles virus. They can't catch shingles! thank you?

Please educate ppl on the fact that everyone who've had chicken pox as a child already have the shingles virus. They can't catch shingles! thank you?

Shingles supression: That most have had chickenpox & by default the shingles virus is widely known. However, some don't understand that the hibernating virus is kept in hibernation by circulating antibodies & over time these can decline in number. The zoster vaccine is recommended for the older set to rebuild these antibodies & contains a much greater concentration of the weakened chickenpox antigen than the kid shot. ...Read more

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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

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Which virus(s) have chicken pox like symptoms but can cause kidney failure?

Which virus(s) have chicken pox like symptoms but can cause kidney failure?

Viruses and Kidneys: I have spent a great deal of time researching your question. Hepatitis, hiv, hanta, ebstein-barr, west nile, b-k, and herpes varicella zoster viruses can all affect the kidney. The only one that has chickenpox-like symptoms is zoster though many of the others can have rashes but not vesicles like chickenpox. I hope this is helpful. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a a parent of an infant who has chicken pox spread the virus?

Might it be possible that a a parent of an infant who has chicken pox spread the virus?

Unlikely to happen: The spread of cpx occurs through airborne droplets & direct contact with infectious material. The uninfected parent cannot spread the virus through their own cough but might if they carried recently obtained infected debris from the child on their hands. Simple washing or sanitizing removes this threat. ...Read more

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Can a person from a chicken pox virus infected house , carry the virus to another person?

Can a person from a chicken pox virus infected house , carry the virus to another person?

Chicken pox: Yes. The virus, while infected individuals are still developing new lesions, is highly contagious through skin to skin contact. If you care for an infected individual, you can carry the virus to another person unless you use very careful handwashing. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has been in contact with the chicken pox virus. How do I know if he is immune already (not vaccinated)?

My 4 year old has been in contact with the chicken pox virus. How do I know if he is immune already (not vaccinated)?

??type of contact??: If your unimmunized child has never had chickenpox, a close contact with an active case will cause chickenpox between 10-21 days after exposure.If not, he either had it before when it was not recognized or the supposed exposure was not significant. ...Read more

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Can doctors flush out the inactive chicken pox virus so we don't get shingles later on? Are there any promising drugs or methods being researched?

Can doctors flush out the inactive chicken pox virus so we don't get shingles later on?  Are there any promising drugs or methods being researched?

Vaccination: It is not possible, at this time, to flush out the virus. There is a vaccine against shingles, but it is not recommended for otherwise healthy people before the age of 60 years. You may use this link to get more information on this topic: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/index.html For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Virus: I have chicken pox like symptoms but can it cause kidney failure?

Virus: I have chicken pox like symptoms but can it cause kidney failure?

Well chicken pox: Affects all organs. I do not know that it might cause renal failure on its own. But say you had borderline function already and then you got the virus. It is possible it would tip you over.... Many cases of renal failure are borderline with some other incidental mild nephrotoxity i would ask a nephrologist. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more