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Is there a link between Herpes Simplex Virus that causes a Herpetic Whitlow and The chicken pox virus?

Is there a link between Herpes Simplex Virus that causes a Herpetic Whitlow and The chicken pox virus?

Herpes cousins: Actually yes indeed. The virus that causes herpetic whitlow- usually HSV-1 (but sometimes HSV-2) is related to the same virus that causes chicken pox. We call that virus VZV or varicella zoster virus. These viruses are found in the 'herpes' family of viruses. Great observation. I hope though you're not suffering too badly from these nasty viruses. There is a chickenpox vaccine out there BTW. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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I am having the herpes simplex virus from the chickenpox, what to do?

I am having the herpes simplex virus from the chickenpox, what to do?

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

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7 mouth old is teething and drooling and I noticed a bump on edge of her lip and small bumps on her chin. Could this be chicken pox or cold sore?

7 mouth old is teething and drooling and I noticed a bump on edge of her lip and small bumps on her chin. Could this be chicken pox or cold sore?

Not Chicken Pox: The limited location of the rash/bumps make chicken pox unlikely. Chicken pox would also cause symptoms like fever and malaise. The rash could be a virus causing cold sores, but could also be from the irritation of drooling. None of these things would require treatment outside of local skin care, but watch to make sure that she is hydrated and that the rash does not spread to her eyes or throat. ...Read more

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How accurate is it that if you've had chicken pox at any point of your life that you have herpes?

How accurate is it that if you've had chicken pox at any point of your life that you have herpes?

Not really: A family of dna viruses known to cause significant human disease includes the herpes simplex strains that are well known to cause herpes i and ii 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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Is shingles and chicken pox in the herpes family?

Chicken pox shingles: There are at least 8 herpes viruses that all share a very similar genetic makeup. Varicella zoster is the chicken pox virus that affects children. It may remain dormant for years then reappear in the elderly or earlier if your immune system is compromised. Once reactivated it can cause "shingles." it is then referred to as herpes zoster. ...Read more

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Are shingles, chicken pox and herpes all the same virus?

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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Next day after kissing my boyfriend got herpes on his lip. I had chicken-pox 2 months ago. Does it protect me? Which medicine should I take?

Next day after kissing my boyfriend got herpes on his lip. I had chicken-pox 2 months ago. Does it protect me? Which medicine should I take?

Misinformed?: 75% of americans have herpes one. It is more likely that you already have been exposed than that this scenario you describe has put you at risk. If you are negative for oral herpes then there is risk here and there is no medication to prevent infection. Herpes infection is caused by virus and skin to skin contact. There is no correlation between sores and infectivity. ...Read more

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I've had chicken pox & consistently have facial herpes breakouts. Do the breakouts have an effect either + or - on contracting shingles in the future?

I've had chicken pox & consistently have facial herpes breakouts. Do the breakouts have an effect either + or - on contracting shingles in the future?

VZV HSV HerpesZoster: Too many viruses and bad naming are part of the problem here. Hsv=herpes simplex virus. This shows up as herpes on the lips or genital areas. Vzv=varicella zoster virus. This virus causes chicken pox and shingles. Shingles is also called herpes zoster, but is not hsv herpes confusing, huh? Bottom line is you probably have hsv herpes on your face which does not affect your risk of shingles. ...Read more

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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


Herpes (Definition)

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