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If my varicella titer is positive, do I need the shingles vaccine?

If my varicella titer is positive, do I need the shingles vaccine?

Maybe, maybe not: The varicella titer just confirms you had it in the past or had the vaccine. It does not predict whether you may have shingles in the future. The shingles vaccine is primarily intended for the older population, those over 50.I would talk the issue over with the doc who knows your history best. ...Read more

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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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If titer for varicella is high, does that give immunity to shingles? Means no shingles shot necessary? Thanks

If titer for varicella is high, does that give immunity to shingles? Means no shingles shot necessary? Thanks

Correct: You do not need the shingles vaccine with a high varicella titer.
Shingles is the virus lying dormant and when really stressed and overall immunity low it can come out in clusters along nerve paths.
Chinese medicine and acupuncture can be wonderful u have an outbreak. ...Read more

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If my varicella titer is low do I need a vaccination?

If my varicella titer is low do I need a vaccination?

Yes: Most people should have two doses of the varicella vaccine in childhood. If you haven't had chicken pox by the time you are an adult, you should definitely get the vaccine. Chicken pox is a more serious disease in adults- can cause pneumonia, secondary infections. Make sure your children get their varicella vaccines early- at 12 months and 4 years old usually. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could get a varicella titer at my college wellness center?

Can you tell me if I could get a varicella titer at my college wellness center?

Maybe.........: That would depend upon the policy at the wellness center. The titer itself is a simple blood draw. ...Read more

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How do I interpret my lab results for my varicella titer and rubella titre?

How do I interpret my lab results for my varicella titer and rubella titre?

Doc's responsibility: Whoever ordered the blood test has a responsibility to explain it to you. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get one IgG titer for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and varicella if I don't have my immunization card?

Is it possible to get one IgG titer for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and varicella if I don't have my immunization card?

Separate issues: There are lab tests available for each of the four agents you listed. Contact your pcp to see if they can be drawn at their office or at a separate lab site. ...Read more

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Would an adult with cvid who had varicella as a child still have igg titers to varicella? Or would they likely we low?

Would an adult with cvid who had varicella as a child still have igg titers to varicella? Or would they likely we low?

Low: Unless the patient is getting gammaglobulin replacement, the IgG titers to nearly everything infectious agent will be low or absent. ...Read more

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I recently did my MMR and varicella titers. How can I tell if I'm immune?

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I recently did my MMR and varicella titers. How can I tell if I'm immune?

Serologic test: Blood tests measuring the level of specific antibodies against MMR & varicella will do. ...Read more

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Does having a high titer level for chickenpox cause complications if left untreated?

Does having a high titer level for chickenpox cause complications if left untreated?

NO: Titer is a lab value and we never treat labs. The full clinical picture needs to be considered when developing treatment options. ...Read more

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Was just tested for varicella. Igg at 2282 and igg positive at 1.16. I have no symptoms. Started antiviral. Can any of this be related to ebv?

Was just tested for varicella. Igg at 2282 and igg positive at 1.16. I have no symptoms. Started antiviral. Can any of this be related to ebv?

Confusing statement: IgG is a reflection of an infection that occurred in the past, IgM is elevated if the infection is recent. EB virus is a cousin but not the same as varicella. Something else must be going on if you are on an anti viral. ...Read more

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If I had chikenpox as a child, why would anyone need to be tested for Varicella-Zoster Ab, IgG? The virus is already in your system. I tested positive

If I had chikenpox as a child, why would anyone need to be tested for Varicella-Zoster Ab, IgG? The virus is already in your system. I tested positive

Just good practice: Maybe your doctor tested you because she suspected herpes zoster (shingles), which is a reactivation of VZV, the chickenpox virus. Antibody lab testing is more reliable than patient history in knowing for sure that someone is carrying VZV and that shingles is possible. Not that she didn't trust your history, but still more accurate. Ask the doctor directly if this doesn't seem to explain it. ...Read more

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My blood test shows Varicella Zoster Ab IgG Scr 2.83. ANA Positive. My appointment isn't until next week. Can you tell me what that means?

My blood test shows Varicella Zoster Ab IgG Scr 2.83. ANA Positive. My appointment isn't until next week. Can you tell me what that means?

Two things different: The Zoster IgG means you are currently immune to the shingles virus and have had either the vaccination, chicken pox, or a prior episode of shingles. The ANA is usually a screening test for autoimmune diseases and impossible to interpret without the context of symptoms and subfraction ANA analysis ...Read more

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Antibodies for varicella zoster IgG positive, and varicella IgM negative, means immunity for shingles or just for chicken pox?

Both: Varicella and zoster are the same virus. Chickenpox occurs with the first exposure to the virus and zoster is the re-activation of the virus that has been lying dormant in the body as a result of some significant stress to the body. ...Read more

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Do they test babies for chickenpox with titers?

Do they test babies for chickenpox with titers?

I never have: For the seasoned physician, chickenpox has typical enough blisters in most cases that confirmation by blood test is unnecessary & impractical. If there is concern that grandma's diagnosis a month ago was wrong, its less expensive to vaccinate the child than do titers. In young adults & women considering pregnancy who want to be sure they are protected titers have great value. ...Read more

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Pregnant with rash. Can I prove I had MMR and chickenpox vaccines with titers?

Pregnant with rash. Can I prove I had MMR and chickenpox vaccines with titers?

Yes, you can.: There are other viral as well as bacterial infections causing rash beside chicken pox, measles, and rubella. Consultation with primary care doctor or obstetrician would be prudent. ...Read more

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My husband has shingles. I never had chicken pox, never told either way when titers were done and never caught them from my kids. Now I have a sore thr?

My husband has shingles. I never had chicken pox, never told either way when titers were done and never caught them from my kids. Now I have a sore thr?

Shingles chickenpox: A person who never had chickenpox can catch it from a person with shingles. Most of the time it is by contact with the area of eruption however there are some reports of airborne infection as well. If you are having symptoms, please see your doctor as soon as possible. Kids usually handle chickenpox fairly easily but it may become a very serious disease in adults. You may need antiviral meds. ...Read more

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What number of forms of varicella are there?

What number of forms of varicella are there?

Only one Virus: Varicella is also called Chicjken Pox and the virus which causes Chicken Pox is called Varicella Virus. This virus can also cause Shingles (Herpes Zoster) in patients who have had Chicken pox in the past as virus get activated and attacks a nerve to cause rash and pain of Shingles
There is only one Varicella Virus causing two diaseses in same person at different time in their life ...Read more

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Is breastfeeding safe if you have varicella?

Is breastfeeding safe if you have varicella?

Odd question: You have not provided the age of the baby, which is very important. If you got varicella, baby has NO immunity to it and if a newborn may die if not closely monitored and treated. Since you were contageous before you got the rash, baby has been exposed and will break out in 10-21 days. Case severity can very tremendously and baby needs close monitoring. ...Read more

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Is it bad if I eat lasgna during the final step of varicella?

Is it bad if I eat lasgna during the final step of varicella?

I can't see why: Some people do have mouth sores with chickenpox, but I see no reason why you should limit your diet as long as you feel up to it. ...Read more

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How does the varicella zoster spread?

How does the varicella zoster spread?

Airborn/ contact: The varicella virus is passed by new active cases by droplet (cough or secretions) and by contact with debris from blisters. It is estimated that as few as 30 minutes in a room with a kid with chicken pox may spread it to susceptable persons. ...Read more

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Difference between herpes varicella and varicella?

Confusing question: Varicella is a member of the herpes family of viruses. Its more specific name is herpes zoster. It is a cousin to but not the same as herpes simplex, the virus known to cause cold sores and genital herpes. ...Read more

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What does it mean when varicella zoster is negative?

Hard to say: If you are referring to a blood test, it would mean there is no evidence of a prior varicella infection and no immunity. If it refers to a specimin I send to the lab for pcr it means no vz was found in the specimin. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of chickenpox varicella?

What are the signs and symptoms of chickenpox varicella?

RASH, FEVER COUGH: A red, itchy rash, initially resembling insect bites, on your face, scalp, chest and back
small, liquid-filled blisters that break open and crust over
fever
abdominal pain or loss of appetite
mild headache
general feeling of unease and discomfort (malaise) or irritability
a dry cough
headache. ...Read more

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Is it possible for the varicella rash to appear on both sides of the body at the same time?

Is it possible for the varicella rash to appear on both sides of the body at the same time?

Yes it is: Lesions generally begin on the chest or back and then spread to the face, neck, arms, and legs. Children usually run fever for several days. In addition to this, they may have a runny nose, sore throat and/or cough. ...Read more