Antibodies for varicella zoster IgG positive, and varicella IgM negative, means immunity for shingles or just for chicken pox?

Both. Varicella and zoster are the same virus. Chickenpox occurs with the first exposure to the virus and zoster is the re-activation of the virus that has been lying dormant in the body as a result of some significant stress to the body.

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Varicella zoster igg level 2339. What does it mean, a recent infection or general immune deficiency?

Not deficiency. This is a nice robust number even for total IgG suggesting a vigorous immune response. This could be post infection, post exposure, post immunization. Read more...
See answer. Varicella zoster IgG level raised suggests a past infection with chicken pox or shingles. Raised IgM levels wld suggest a very recent or present infection. Either way it wld not suggest a general immune deficiency! Read more...
Past exposure. The presence of IgG indicates past exposure to the virus usually implying relative immunity. If IgM is also present, this indicates a transition from active infection to immune status. IgM alone indicates current order very recent infection. Read more...

I have recurring sensitivity on my skin (no rash) since childhood. During episode, I had a Varicella-Zoster IgG with results of 3126. Interpretation?

Good protection. That means that you have good protective antibody against the chickenpox virus and did not reflect a then current infection. What do you mean by sensitivity on your skin? Burning, tingling, itching? I do not believe however that these two issues are related and believe that you might have received Zostavax in recent past. Knowing your age would also allow us to give better answers. Read more...

I never had chicken pox and have had one varicella zoster vaccine. Am I protected?

??zoster vac ?? In kids, 1 dose of chickenpox vaccine protects 90% & with 2 doses ~100%, if you only got one i would get a second . If you are over 50 and received the zoster vaccine to prevent shingles, that vaccine is of very high potency and should cover for both CP and shingles. Read more...

My blood test shows Varicella Zoster Ab IgG Scr 2.83. ANA Positive. My appointment isn't until next week. Can you tell me what that means?

Two things different. The Zoster IgG means you are currently immune to the shingles virus and have had either the vaccination, chicken pox, or a prior episode of shingles. The ANA is usually a screening test for autoimmune diseases and impossible to interpret without the context of symptoms and subfraction ANA analysis. Read more...

If I had chikenpox as a child, why would anyone need to be tested for Varicella-Zoster Ab, IgG? The virus is already in your system. I tested positive

Just good practice. Maybe your doctor tested you because she suspected herpes zoster (shingles), which is a reactivation of VZV, the chickenpox virus. Antibody lab testing is more reliable than patient history in knowing for sure that someone is carrying VZV and that shingles is possible. Not that she didn't trust your history, but still more accurate. Ask the doctor directly if this doesn't seem to explain it. Read more...
Now a common thing. Now that a vaccine is available there are less people who will recognize the real disease or have it. Many adults don't think they did & need to check, because it can be deadly in adults. Some mom diagnosed cases were actually something else, but docs never wanted a kid in their office for verification. There are lots of indications for verifying antibody status, one being to save your life. Read more...

Can we give steroid with acyclovir in chicken pox or herpes zoster patient?

I wouldn't. Any steroid taken during these outbreaks can suppress the body's immune response and increase the intensity of the outbreak.The worst case of chickenpox I ever saw involved a kid given steroids for a skin condition while he was incubating (10-21 days) the chickenpox. Read more...