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What is the difference between chickenpox and shingles?

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Dr. Harry Greenberg
Dermatology

In brief: Shingles comes 2nd

Once you have chicken pox, you can get shingles.
Shingles is a recurrence of chicken pox.

In brief: Shingles comes 2nd

Once you have chicken pox, you can get shingles.
Shingles is a recurrence of chicken pox.
Dr. Harry Greenberg
Dr. Harry Greenberg
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Location

Chickenpox describes a generalized illness where the virus has circulated thru the body and comes to the skin surface as a later stage.
On the skin surface the blisters come up and have living virus in them. Zoster is a reactivation of the virus from its hiding place in a nerve root and its physical location is limited to the skin area supplied by that nerve.The virus is the same.

In brief: Location

Chickenpox describes a generalized illness where the virus has circulated thru the body and comes to the skin surface as a later stage.
On the skin surface the blisters come up and have living virus in them. Zoster is a reactivation of the virus from its hiding place in a nerve root and its physical location is limited to the skin area supplied by that nerve.The virus is the same.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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