What is the difference between chicken pox and a shingles virus?

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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Can someone catch she shingles virus from someon else if theyve had chicken pox before or can they only contract it on their own?

No. Shingles and chicken pox are the same virus. Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox. If you have had chicken pox, you are at risk from developing shingles from a reactivation of your own previous chicken pox infection. You will not get shingles from being exposed to a person with shingles. Read more...
Shingles. Coming in contact with a Shingles rash/blister can infect someone who doesn’t have immunity to chickenpox. That person could develop chicken pox (not shingles). A person must have previously had chickenpox in order to develop Shingles. Read more...

Please educate ppl on the fact that everyone who've had chicken pox as a child already have the shingles virus. They can't catch shingles! Thank you?

Can't catch Shingles. Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. If you have never ever had chicken pox or the chicken pox vaccination you can catch chicken pox by direct contact of a shingles lesion. You can not catch shingles. Read more...
Shingles supression. That most have had chickenpox & by default the shingles virus is widely known. However, some don't understand that the hibernating virus is kept in hibernation by circulating antibodies & over time these can decline in number. The zoster vaccine is recommended for the older set to rebuild these antibodies & contains a much greater concentration of the weakened chickenpox antigen than the kid shot. Read more...

Can doctors flush out the inactive chicken pox virus so we don't get shingles later on? Are there any promising drugs or methods being researched?

Vaccination. It is not possible, at this time, to flush out the virus. There is a vaccine against shingles, but it is not recommended for otherwise healthy people before the age of 60 years. You may use this link to get more information on this topic: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/index.html For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Read more...

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...
Risk benefit ratio. Prior to the vaccine we had about 10,000 hospital admissions & 50 deaths/yr with chickenpox. Deaths have dropped to none in the vaccinated group. The frequency of shingles after the shot is less than that of wild disease. Shingles emerges when the persons immune system fails to keep it in hibernation. Though nasty, it is not a fatal disease but would be more frequent without the vaccine. Read more...