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What is the difference between chicken pox and a shingles virus?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Both the same virus
Chickenpox is an illness you can get as your first illness with the varicella virus.
This virus creates the fever & skin rash & is common in childhood. It can be deadly if acquired as a primary infection in adults.Once you have it, it stays in you, hibernating in nerve roots & suppressed by your antibodies. In shingles, the virus has come back out along a nerve path producing pain & blisters.

In brief: Both the same virus
Chickenpox is an illness you can get as your first illness with the varicella virus.
This virus creates the fever & skin rash & is common in childhood. It can be deadly if acquired as a primary infection in adults.Once you have it, it stays in you, hibernating in nerve roots & suppressed by your antibodies. In shingles, the virus has come back out along a nerve path producing pain & blisters.
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