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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
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
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
Will widespread vaccination for 'chickenpox' eventually cause or contribute to a mutation of the virus that is vaccine resistant?
Doubt it: We have viruses that tend to remain stable, like measles, mumps, rubella and so far varicella. We have viruses that tend to mutate, like the various flu strains. We have been vaccinating against the big 3 MMR for at least 4 decades and the varicella for more than 2. There is no evidence of change in these. The flu, however, mutates quire often and makes the vaccine a best guess and sometimes wrong ...Read more
Can someone who has never had chickenpox get the virus from someone who has molluscum? Also where is the best place to get checked for molluscum?
2 different viruses: not causitivie agents. Consult your pCP or dermatologist for further evaluation. ...Read more
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