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Why does the virus that causes shingles become active again in some people?

Why does the virus that causes shingles become active again in some people?

Interesting: Usually for reasons we don't understand the varicella-zoster virus that causes chicken pox decides to reactivate later on and cause shingles. This usually happens after age 50, likely due to a weakened immune system as we age. Some other possible triggers are trauma, physical or emotional stress. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...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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Is it possible to test positive on IgG herpes hsv 2 test and not have it?(Is it possible chicken pox virus/shingles could also cause positive result?)

Is it possible to test positive on IgG herpes hsv 2 test and not have it?(Is it possible chicken pox virus/shingles could also cause positive result?)

False positive: IgG tests are possible. There can be some cross-reactivity with other viral antibodies. The definitive diagnosis of specific viruses including HSV 1, 2 and HIV is a western blot test. This also tests for antibody protein but to the specific virus. I believe getting an HSV2 western blot should be your next step. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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If shingles is caused by chicken pox virus,why do they say let your kid get chicken pox or get the vaccine? Wouldnt that increase your risk of shingle

If shingles is caused by chicken pox virus,why do they say let your kid get chicken pox or get the vaccine? Wouldnt that increase your risk of shingle

Yes and no: Chicken pox is a mild disease in a healthy child and is probably one of the ways in which mother nature stimulates the immune system. Shingles is a disease that occurs usually in older people and is a sign that the immune system is not as good as it should be. Good nutrition, exercise and lifestyle are the natural preventive measures throughout life. ...Read more

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Can shingles be the cause of hand foot mouth disease virus?

Can shingles be the cause of hand foot mouth disease virus?

No: No.Although the viruses are part of the same family of viral disease, the shingles or herpes zoster is not the same as the coxsackie virus cause of hand foot and mouth disease. ...Read more

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Hx of a "mononucleosis like virus" (titer neg), still get chronic sinus infections, weakened immune system, shingles, bact infects. Poss causes? Hiv-

Hx of a "mononucleosis like virus" (titer neg), still get chronic sinus infections, weakened immune system, shingles, bact infects. Poss causes? Hiv-

Immune deficiency: Good that HIV has been ruled out! but there are other immune-deficiency states that need to be addressed. Tell your md to refer you to a good immunologist for further work up. ...Read more

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What does the shingles virus look like?

What does the shingles virus look like?

The shingles virus: Formally known as the varicella-zoster virus is a herpes virus and they all look the same under the electron microscope. The rash it causes as shingles or zoster mostly occurs as a band like rash on the torso or around one side of the forehead. ...Read more

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How much time does the shingles virus last?

How much time does the shingles virus last?

The ChickenPox virus: or "varicella-zoster," lies dormant in the body's nerves permanently and can reactivate, causing the painful condition shingles and/or postherpetic neuralgia. Shingles is really just a chicken pox. ...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


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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