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Why is the varicella-zoster virus referred to as a herpes virus?
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It can be a bit confusing.
The technical name for 'shingles' is herpes zoster. Herpes zoster is caused by a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. To further complicate matters, the virus is also called human herpes virus type 3.

In brief: See Below
It can be a bit confusing.
The technical name for 'shingles' is herpes zoster. Herpes zoster is caused by a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. To further complicate matters, the virus is also called human herpes virus type 3.
Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. Michael Bryan
Dermatology
In brief: VZV
Varicella-zoster virus (chicken pox/shingles virus) is within the broad family of herpes virus.
It is not herpes 1 (cold sores) or herpes 2 (genital herpes), but another virus within the same large family. All 3 can be treated with antivirals--acyclovir, famvir, valtrex (valacyclovir).

In brief: VZV
Varicella-zoster virus (chicken pox/shingles virus) is within the broad family of herpes virus.
It is not herpes 1 (cold sores) or herpes 2 (genital herpes), but another virus within the same large family. All 3 can be treated with antivirals--acyclovir, famvir, valtrex (valacyclovir).
Dr. Michael Bryan
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