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

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

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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I have recurring sensitivity on my skin (no rash) since childhood. During episode, I had a Varicella-Zoster IgG with results of 3126. Interpretation?

I have recurring sensitivity on my skin (no rash) since childhood. During episode, I had a Varicella-Zoster IgG with results of 3126.  Interpretation?

Good protection: That means that you have good protective antibody against the chickenpox virus and did not reflect a then current infection. What do you mean by sensitivity on your skin? Burning, tingling, itching? I do not believe however that these two issues are related and believe that you might have received Zostavax in recent past. Knowing your age would also allow us to give better answers. ...Read more

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Varicella zoster igg level 2339. What does it mean, a recent infection or general immune deficiency?

See answer: Varicella zoster IgG level raised suggests a past infection with chicken pox or shingles. Raised IgM levels wld suggest a very recent or present infection. Either way it wld not suggest a general immune deficiency! ...Read more

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What does a high lab result for the varicella-zoster v ab, IgG mean? Thank you

High titer vs. VZV.: This most likely means you have a high titer, or amount of antibody to the varicella zoster virus, probably from a bout of chicken pox. ...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

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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Does Igg and IgM indicate if a person is being tested for a herpes zoster infection?

Does Igg and IgM indicate if a person is being tested for a herpes zoster infection?

Not sure: of your question. If Igg zoster antibodies are low, there may not be immunity; if Igm is high, it is an indication of acute infection. So if these tests are being run, that is why. ...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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Lifespan of varicella zoster virus?

Lifespan of varicella zoster virus?

Lifetime: As long as you live, the virus stays with you mostly in dormant stage and occasionally flares up. ...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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What is the lifespan of varicella zoster virus outside the host cell?

About 24 hours: Vzv can survive outside the human body for up to 24 hours, but it may be less in inhospitable conditions. ...Read more

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What risk does the virus varicella-zoster virus(vzv) cause to fetuses?

What risk does the virus varicella-zoster virus(vzv) cause to fetuses?

Serious effects: Varicella-zoster virus can cause prematurity, encephalitis, pneumonia, intrauterine growth restriction, central nervous system abnormalities, limb abnormalities, blindness, and possibly death if birth occurs during active infection. This is one reason why the VZV vaccine is contraindicated during pregnancy since it is a live vaccine. ...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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Have lyme, mycoplasma, yersinia and varicella zoster. What should I treat first?

See ID specialist: For a person with all these infections, you need to be thoroughly evaluated by an infectious disease specialist and probably admitted to the hospital to have them treated with IV medications. If there are ongoing infections, all need to be treated simultaneously. ...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

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Is latent varicella-zoster virus more likely to reactivate if the person is re-exposed to the virus or does it only reactivate with stressing the body?

Is latent varicella-zoster virus more likely to reactivate if the person is re-exposed to the virus or does it only reactivate with stressing the body?

Hard to say: For most individuals re-exposure will only give an individual a chance to boost their immunity and thereby keep the inactivated virus in check.If their systems immunity has weakened enough to allow emergence, the stress of the exposure could let this happen.However, it is difficult if not impossible to link these by proper study. ...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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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

Dr. Gregory Lanza
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Immunoglobulin M (Definition)

There are 5 classes of immune proteins: igg, iga, igm, ige and igd. Igm fights infection. If you produce too little then infections may occur and you have hypogammaglobulinemia. If you have too much you ...Read more


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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