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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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How does the varicella zoster spread?

How does the varicella zoster spread?

Spread by..: Varicella zoster (chicken pox, shingles, zoster) spread by contact exposure and very rarely by airborne droplets. ...Read more

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Difference between herpes varicella and varicella?

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?

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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I was vaccinated as a baby for varicella yet i got it when i was in russia age 8 how is that possible?

I was vaccinated as a baby for varicella yet i got it when i was in russia age 8 how is that possible?

Yes: This vaccine is a modified strain of the wild varicella virus & is thought to confer lifelong immunity in 85 -90 % of kids after 1 dose. A second dose was initially recommended only to teenagers at first, but now we generally want all kids to have at least two, to pick up the stragglers with poor initial response.Long term protection is a feature of other viral vaccines. ...Read more

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I had varicella as an adult and wondered if I am at risk for other childhood diseases,none of which I had as a child.Thank you.

I had varicella as an adult and wondered if I am at risk for other childhood diseases,none of which I had as a child.Thank you.

Vaccinated?: If you were fully immunized as a child, you are most likely safe from contracting most other childhood diseases. That being said, a percentage of fully immunized people may not fully respond to the vaccines and still be susceptible. Your doctor can check titers to see if you are one of these people. ...Read more

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Varicella vaccination - is it recommended for adults?

Varicella vaccination - is it recommended for adults?

Varicella vaccine: Yes. There is a sure way of determining one's immunity level - a varicella titer done by a blood test. Adults need 2 doses, given one month apart. I often recommend non-immune parents to get the vaccine simultaneously when their one-year-old gets it or better still, at least a month or two before their child turns one. In addition, other non-immune family members should also be vaccinated. ...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 ...Read more

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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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