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How does the varicella virus cause the symptoms of chickenpox?

How does the varicella virus cause the symptoms of 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 more

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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 virus cause the symptoms of chickenpox?

How does the varicella-zoster virus cause the symptoms of chickenpox?

Chickenpox: Chickenpox is a viral disease caused by varicella zoster. After a chickenpox infection the virus lives on in nerves and of it reemerges later in life it only affects that part of the body innervated by that nerve, resulting in shingles. ...Read more

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Can herpes (several times chickenpox, livelong cold sores, illness from cytomegalo virus) be the cause of chronic fatique? Should adrenals be checked?

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 more

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Do you know are chickenpox and cold sores caused by different strains of the herpes virus?

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 more

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Do doctors prescribe patients zovifax for shingles, since shingles/chickenpox are cause by the herpes virus ?

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 more

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Will widespread vaccination for 'chickenpox' eventually cause or contribute to a mutation of the virus that is vaccine resistant?

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

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For what length of time can the chickenpox virus remain dangerous on surfaces?

For what length of time can the chickenpox virus remain dangerous on surfaces?

CHICKENPOX: It can be dangerous until crusting develops and then remain inactive in a latent phase to be reactivated as herpes zoster later. It is more dangerous among adults than children. ...Read more

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How can the body defend itself against varicellazoster virus (chickenpox) ?

Through vaccination: The best protection against herpes varicella- zoster virus (vzu) is vaccination. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more