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What is the disparity between chickenpox and shingles?

What is the disparity between chickenpox and shingles?

Primary vs return: Chickenpox is the primary infection of a patient by the wild varicella virus.It has an incubation phase, a blood phase, is spread in saliva and in material from the spots all over. After the primary infection it goes into hibernation in nerve clusters along the spinal cord. It can emerge from hibernation years later as a localized outbreak shingles.Then, only debris from the spots has the virus. ...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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What is the difference between the herpes zoster vaccine and gardasil?

What is the difference between the herpes zoster vaccine and gardasil?

HPV vs VZV - vaccine: Human Papilloma Virus is responsible for cervical cancers & a host of other (rare) cancers as well. Good to get protected against that -esp. if you're young. Shingles vaccine (herpes zoster vaccine) protects against the chickenpox virus that causes zoster or 'Shingles'. No one wants to get that, although the data suggests we have a 1/3 life time risk. I believe in prevention -both vaccines r safe ...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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Is there a difference between the chicken pox vaccine and the shingles vaccine?

Vaccines : The chicken pox vaccine prevents chicken pox; the shingles vaccine prevents shingles... In theory this is the answer. Also, in theory if you get the chicken pox vaccine you cannot get chicken pox and since you have to have had chicken pox to get shingles then you can never get shingles if you have not had chicken pox. As your md for a details of your particular situation. ...Read more

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What's the difference between chicken pox and measles?

What's the difference between chicken pox and measles?

Measles Vs Varicella: Both conditions are caused by viruses. Chicken Pox is caused by The Varicella- Zoster Virus whereas Measles is caused by The Measles Virus. Varicella has a very characteristic skin rash where one sees papules (bumps), pustules, vesicles (blisters) and crusting ALL AT THE SAME TIME. A typical case of Measles starts with a low grade fever, runny nose, red eyes and cough. Rash is seen 3-5 days later. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the main physical difference between herpes simplex and shingles on your genitals?

Please help! what is the main physical difference between herpes simplex and shingles on your genitals?

The virus involved..: Herpes virus related breakout on genitals is referred to herpes type ii (hsv-2), not simplex ( type i, hsv-1, which is usually face/lips). Shingles is a recurrence of pox virus (varicella zoster virus which typically causes acute, short-lived chickenpox in children) ; breakout can be anywhere, nearly always only one sided ; not commonly involving the genitals. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between shingles and german measles ?

How can you tell the difference between shingles and german measles ?

Different rashes: They have a different package of symptoms. The simplest answer is that the rashes are not the same.Shingles generally is found in a more localized patch on the body with red bumps with blisters appearing. Rubella rash has an appearance more like prickly heat.Shingles rash may itch , burn or be painful. Rubella rash does not.Rubella may have fever and respiratory symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the difference between herpes zoster and varicella zoster virus?

What is the difference between herpes zoster and varicella zoster virus?

Herpes zoster...: ...Is the return of the infection caused by the varicella zoster virus. The first time this infection occurs, it is called varicella. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between mono and hepatitis?

What is the relationship between mono and hepatitis?

Mono: Infectious mono, a virus that causes severe pharyngitis, abdominal pain, spleen enlargement, and sometimes inflammation of the liver, is a recognized cause of viral hepatitis. Mono is due to the epstein barr virus which is very different from the hepatitis a, hepatitis b, or hepatitis c virus that causes most cases of hepatitis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between chicken pox and molluscum contagiousm?

What is the difference between chicken pox and molluscum contagiousm?

The pattern: The varicella rash comes up as individual blisters in waves around the body for about a week.They start with redness,from which a small bump arises,forms a clear blister that ruptures and begins to dry all over a 24 hr period.Molluscum comes up as individual bumps in localized patches.They come up as a firm bump that can have a depression in the top and stay for months. ...Read more

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What is the connection between smallpox vaccine and hiv?

What is the connection between smallpox vaccine and hiv?

HIV & Smallpox vacc: The smallpox vaccine is contraindicated in anyone who has an HIV infection or AIDS. **http://www.bt.cdc.gov/training/smallpoxvaccine/reactions/contraindications.html** ...Read more

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What's the difference between chickenpox and smallpox?

What's the difference between chickenpox and smallpox?

1 exists 1doesn't: Chickenpox is a human only viral infection that is often experienced in childhood.A vaccine is available to prevent it.Chickenpox is relatively low risk with 1death/80, 000 cases.Smallpox was a human only viral infection that last caused disease in the wild in 1978.It was high risk, 30% of cases were fatal. The world health organization declared smallpox extinct. ...Read more

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How to determine the difference between genetal herpes and shingles?

How to determine the difference between genetal herpes and shingles?

See below: Herpes has vesicles all the same age-that is they all have thin roofed veicles which unroof all at about the same time shigles on the other hand has crops of veisicles that vary in age from day 1 to day 7 -so some will have intact vesicles and others with have unroofed the vesicles. ...Read more

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What is the difference in appearance between herpes simplex and shingles on your genitals?

What is the difference in appearance between herpes simplex and shingles on your genitals?

Shingles is dermatom: Shingles is caused by herpes simplex virus type 3. Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus type 2 and less commonly type 1. Type 1 and 2 cause a painful blister type rash with a red base that evolves into an ulceration. Type 3 (shingles) causes a blister type rash but usually only on one side and usually extends along the thigh , leg or abdomen (a "dermatomal" distribution). ...Read more

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What's the difference between expose to herpes and infected with herpes?

Exposure / infection: Exposed means you came in contact with someone who had herpes. An exposure doesn't always lead to an infection. Infection is when the virus has attacked your body and you have signs/symptoms of infection (such as a cold sore or genital herpes). ...Read more

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What is the difference between dengue and chicken pox?

What is the difference between dengue and chicken pox?

A lot: The easier question is "what's the same about them?" almost nothing, except that they're both viral diseases. Dengue is mostly a tropical disease transmitted by mosquitoes that causes fever, headache, and muscle pain. Chickenpox is found everywhere, transmitted from person to person, and causes an itchy blistering rash with fever. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between the Herpes virus and Fibromyalgia?

Is there a connection between the Herpes virus and Fibromyalgia?

Some theorize so.: There are some data in the literature that suggest a link between several viruses in the Herpes family. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster), occurring in people who have had chicken pox some time in their past. ...Read more


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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more