3 doctors weighed in:

Why is the varicella-zoster virus referred to as a herpes virus?

3 doctors weighed in
1 doctor agrees

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.

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
Dr. Christopher Crosby
Thank
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
Dr. Michael Bryan
Thank
Read more answers from doctors