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Chicken Pox Virus Life Span
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
My 4 year old has been in contact with the chicken pox virus. How do I know if he is immune already (not vaccinated)?
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
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
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