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Doctor insights on: Herpes Zoster Vs Varicella Zoster

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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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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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Is it possible for a 13 year old teen to contract the herpes zoster virus with no history of the varicella virus?

Is it possible for a 13 year old teen to contract the herpes zoster virus with no history of the varicella virus?

Terminology issue?: Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) is the virus that causes chicken pox in acute infection. After being exposed to VZV, the virus can become dormant and later appear as shingles, or herpes zoster. For one to have shingles (herpes zoster), they must have been infected with VZV previously. The acute infection (chicken pox) can be very mild, maybe unnoticed, especially if the person was vaccinated. ...Read more

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My roomie has shingles under his armpit, how can I prevent to get herpes zoster from him? (I had varicella when I was a kid)

My roomie has shingles under his armpit, how can I prevent to get herpes zoster from him? (I had varicella when I was a kid)

You're in luck...: Shingles comes from within. A person who had varicella in childhood should have immunity to varicella, and should have varicella virus remaining inside some of his or her cells' DNA. Such a person should not be able to "catch" the virus from anyone else. However, the virus that is living in such person's DNA can form new copies of the virus, which travel to the skin surface to cause "shingles". ...Read more

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Why is the varicella-zoster virus referred to as a herpes virus?

Why is the varicella-zoster virus referred to as a herpes virus?

See Below: It can be a bit confusing. The technical name for 'shingles' is herpes zoster. Herpes zoster is caused by a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. To further complicate matters, the virus is also called human herpes virus type 3. ...Read more

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What is the main cause of varicella zoster (shingles)?

Only varicella virus: Shingles is a condition where the zoster virus emerges from hibernation in one of your nerve roots. It travels down the nerve and exits in the distribution of that nerve where it causes pain, blisters and skin sensitivity. The only way you get shingles is to have had chickenpox in the past or have received the vaccine (although less often). ...Read more

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How would you explain what a varicella zoster (shingles) is in layman's terms?

Recurrent chickenpo: When first infected with chickenpox (varicella) the virus remains alive in your nervous system for the rest of your life and for unclear reasons can recur, often in localized area of your body (on one side only). This latter rash is called zoster and a person who has never had chickenpox can "get" chickenpox from this rash, . ...Read more

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Are the varicella zoster virus and shingles the same thing?

Are the varicella zoster virus and shingles the same thing?

Word games: One is the name of a virus, the other is one condition that virus can cause. ...Read more

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How to explain what a varicella zoster (shingles) is to a parent or a patient?

How to explain what a varicella zoster (shingles) is to a parent or a patient?

When weak: When you are weak, the virus grows stronger. And comes out through your nerves, and that is why it hurts. Until there is a crust, you can infect others. ...Read more

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How could you explain what a varicella zoster (shingles) is to a parent or a patient?

Virus: Shingles is a herpes zoster virus that can occur in anyone who has had chicken pox (herpes simplex) There are currently injections which aid in the prevention of shingles. ...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


Dr. DAVID AMOS
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Varicella Zoster Virus (Definition)

Varicella-Zoster Virus is a type of herpes virus that causes chicken pox in children and young adults. It causes Zoster, typically in the elderly, which is an outbreak of painful blisters localized in the area of skin innervated ...Read more