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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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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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Is it possible to test positive on IgG herpes hsv 2 test and not have it?(Is it possible chicken pox virus/shingles could also cause positive result?)

Is it possible to test positive on IgG herpes hsv 2 test and not have it?(Is it possible chicken pox virus/shingles could also cause positive result?)

False positive: IgG tests are possible. There can be some cross-reactivity with other viral antibodies. The definitive diagnosis of specific viruses including HSV 1, 2 and HIV is a western blot test. This also tests for antibody protein but to the specific virus. I believe getting an HSV2 western blot should be your next step. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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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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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?

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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What is the difference between chicken pox and a shingles virus?

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 does the chicken pox virus live on a surface if it was transmitted via saliva?

How long does the chicken pox virus live on a surface if it was transmitted via saliva?

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 more

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Do you know are chickenpox and cold sores caused by different strains of the herpes virus?

Do you know are chickenpox and cold sores caused by different strains of the herpes virus?

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 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

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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?

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?

Very unlikely: The virus is transmitted primarily from actively infected persons who are making large numbers of virus in their systems. If you are immune you will not get the virus, and it will die quickly if on your hands, etc. ...Read more

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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.

Shingles: You must have had chicken pox, to get shingles. You can also get it if you have been immunized against chicken pox, but it is less likely. Shingles is more likely in people over 50, but children can get it, as well. ...Read more

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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?

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 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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Which virus(s) have chicken pox like symptoms but can cause kidney failure?

Which virus(s) have chicken pox like symptoms but can cause kidney failure?

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

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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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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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If I never had chicken pox, can I get one by coming in contact with someone who developed shingles (herpes) and previously had chicken pox?

Not contagious: As previously taught to you Shingles is not contagious. It is a deep (inside the nerves of the affected human) reactivation of their previous infection with chicken pox. If you are worried you should get the Varicalla (chicken pox) vaccination. ...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


Herpes Virus (Definition)

Viruses from the family herperviridae. At least seven species of herpesvirus are known to be infectious to man: herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2, varicella zoster virus, epstein-barr virus, cytomegalovirus, human herpesvirus 6, ...Read more