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What Virus Causes Chickenpox
It's quite a story!: After contaminated respiratory droplets are inhaled, the virus infects the lining of the respiratory tract or of the eye. The virus multiplies in lymph nodes near the upper respiratory tract; next, the virus stays in the blood for a few days. Then it multiplies in internal organs; it returns to the blood and infects capillaries and skin cells, causing the classic blisters. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chickenpox is an illness caused by a virus known as varicella zoster. The first time someone is infected with this virus, usually in childhood, he or she will develop an itchy rash consisting of vesicles or fluid filled, reddened blisters. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spread via infected individuals. We now have an effective ...Read more
Can herpes (several times chickenpox, livelong cold sores, illness from cytomegalo virus) be the cause of chronic fatique? Should adrenals be checked?
Chronic fatigue: The causes of chonic fatigue syndrome (there may be more than one) are unknown. At times the various herpes group viruses (HSV, EBV, CMV, and others) have been suspected, but there is no good evidence for any of them. Just beeling fatigued isn't enough for a diagnosis of CFS. Adrenal insufficiency could cause similar symptoms but is rare unless you have had tuberculosis. See your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do doctors prescribe patients zovifax for shingles, since shingles/chickenpox are cause by the herpes virus ?
Depends on each case: Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is one of eight herpes viruses known to cause human infection and is distributed worldwide, usually self limited but can cause significant complications, such as soft tissue infection, pneumonia, hepatitis, reye syndrome, and encephalitis. Patients at increased risk of complications include adults, pregnant women, and immunosuppressed hosts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The two illnesses are caused by the same virus. After chickenpox fades, the virus can go into hibernation in nerve roots in front of the spine.At some future time, the virus can emerge from hibernation, travel down the nerve and cause shingles in the area of skin controlled by that nerve. ...Read more
Whats benefit of taking acyclovir 200mg 5x/day if i start taking it only after 7 days when first chickenpox rash appeared.What will it do to d virus?
Not much benefit: The best time to begin it and make a difference is in the first 72 hours. By 7 days the rash should be crusting over and the illness reaching completion. Homeopathic rhus toxicodendron is awesome for chickenpox to stop itching and speed crufting over and can be useful even now at 7 days. ...Read more
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