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Chickenpox And Herpes
Chickenpox is an illness caused by a virus known as varicella zoster. The first time someone is infected with this virus, usually in childhood, he or she will develop an itchy rash consisting of vesicles or fluid filled, reddened blisters. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spread via infected individuals. We now have an effective ...Read more
Not an STD: Chicken pox is caused by a herpes virus, known as varicella zoster virus (vzv), which is a different virus from the herpes virus family than the herpes simplex viruses that cause genital and oral herpes (std). After chicken pox infection, the VZV lies dormant in the nerves in the body and commonly becomes reactivated later in life causing herpes zoster, better known as "shingles". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does everyone have trace amounts of herpes antibodies in their systems? Can childhood chickenpox make an IgG herpes test show trace amounts?
No and yes: Only people who have had a herpetic infection witll have herpes igg. Chickenpox, cmv, mono, cold sores (herpes simplex1) are all herpetic infections. Usually we do igg for the specific infection...It is feasible that chickenpox might produce a weak igg titer...You can ask the lab for more specific information. ...Read more
Do doctors prescribe patients zovifax for shingles, since shingles/chickenpox are cause by the herpes virus ?
Depends on each case: Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is one of eight herpes viruses known to cause human infection and is distributed worldwide, usually self limited but can cause significant complications, such as soft tissue infection, pneumonia, hepatitis, reye syndrome, and encephalitis. Patients at increased risk of complications include adults, pregnant women, and immunosuppressed hosts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can herpes (several times chickenpox, livelong cold sores, illness from cytomegalo virus) be the cause of chronic fatique? Should adrenals be checked?
Chronic fatigue: The causes of chonic fatigue syndrome (there may be more than one) are unknown. At times the various herpes group viruses (HSV, EBV, CMV, and others) have been suspected, but there is no good evidence for any of them. Just beeling fatigued isn't enough for a diagnosis of CFS. Adrenal insufficiency could cause similar symptoms but is rare unless you have had tuberculosis. See your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Herpes Viruses: There are three herpes viruses. The common chicken pox is caused by a cousin to the other two "herpes' viruses. Chicken pox can now be prevented by the childhood varicella vaccination and hopefully with time we will see this eradicated. There are two herpes viruses. Herpes type one is found on or near the mouth more than 90% of the time. Herpes two is found near the genitals 95% of the time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My little sister recently came back positive for genital herpes :/ my stepmom seems to think its a false positive since she's had chickenpox. Is that possible? Should she begin Valtrex asap?
Herpes: This is not likely to be a false-positive test, but rather simply that your mother is unwilling to admit that her little girl is sexually active. Whether she should be treated depends upon the recommendation of the doctor seeing her, but this should not be your mom's decision. They could both benefit from your concern and interest. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Confusing question: The varicella virus, a virus in the herpes family of dna viruses, causes chickenpox. It is in the same family as the herpes simplex virus but they are not the same. Adults with chickenpox can take antiviral meds to diminish the intensity of the illness as needed.Contact your doc. ...Read more
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
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