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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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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 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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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

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