Shingles Chicken Pox Herpes

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is is possible for a 2 yr old to have shingles when never having chicken pox?
    This is the 3rd time he has had it and the doctor claims it to be in the zoster family which is shingles. Everything I read says you have to have chicken pox first to get shingles. PLEASE HELP with any info you can.
    Myself nor the father has herpes.
    He had this the first time before the vaccines and yes he is up to date until school.

    • ANSWER:
      It is not possible to get shingles without first having either chicken pox or the vaccine. Shingles is the chicken pox virus (Herpes Zoster) re-activated. When chicken pox has run it's course the virus lies dormant in the body, it never goes away completely.

      You may want to get a second opinion, a new doctor may give you a clearer explanation at least.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is risk of chicken pox to my 6 year old granddaughter if exposed to herpes zoster?
    I was diagnosed with shingles (herpes zoster) after spending weekend with my 6 year old granddaughter. What are her chances of contracting chicken pox (same virus)?

    • ANSWER:
      well if your granddaughter got all her immunizations, there isn't any risk.... the varicella virus is now vaccinated against in the routine list of vaccines children recieve.

  3. QUESTION:
    How long after chicken pox are you not contagious?
    My niece has chicken pox, she caught it earlier last week. And still has spots. Haven't seen her in months. And my nieces would love to see their cousin again. But I've never had chicken pox, and nor has my nieces. I would love to see her again.
    I thought we were vaccinated. But maybe it wears off?

    • ANSWER:
      How long is a person with chickenpox contagious?
      Patients with chickenpox are contagious for 1–2 days before the rash appears and continue to be contagious through the first 4–5 days or until all the blisters are crusted over.

      More Chicken Pox Questions and Answers:
      http://www.vaccineinformation.org/varicel/qandadis.asp

      FYI: After a person has had chickenpox, the virus rests in the body permanently, but silently. About 20% of all people who have been infected with chickenpox later develop the disease known as herpes zoster, or shingles.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can one catch chicken pox when they took the vaccine more than 20 years ago?
    I have adult chicken pox which is pretty severe, my partner is coming back from overseas tomorrow, she had the vaccine many years ago. Is there a chance that she will catch it? If so, to be safe, is bringing her to get a blood test to see if the immunity is still present alright thing to do? If vaccine is not present and she does indeed catch it, can one take the vaccine again to prevent symptoms immediately after?

    • ANSWER:
      yes it may recur again under special conditions. if ur partner would have a low immune system, ur virus could still infect her, even though she has proper wbc's to fight the infection. yes, to be safe, you can have her a blood test called a TITER TEST, which counts the antibodies which could defend her on a particular infection especially VARICELLA(chicken pox). If she did catch it, no need for her to take another vaccine, because the goal of vaccination is to sensitize the body from the new organism, making new memory cells to fight off if the same organism infects her body again. but, since hypothetically, she had chicken pox, no need for sensitization since she has been sensitized when she had chicken pox.

      Chicken pox can recur but off different organism. From varicella virus it becomes a herpes zoster virus on the 2nd time around. varicella viruses evolves into herpes zoster, if ever you'll have it, it would be called SHINGLES.

      - M.D.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can you catch shingles from chicken pox?
    I'm 24.
    I didn't get chicken pox until i was 21.
    I work as a receptionist at a dental practice and earlier a family came in and their 1 year old was covered in chicken pox!
    We asked them to rebook but they refused to and were sat in the waiting room with me for over half an hour! I think he was still contagious and now I'm terrified I will get shingles!

    • ANSWER:
      No you can't. Shingles is a reactivation of the herpes zoster virus that remains dormant in the spinal nerves following a chickenpox infection.
      Shingles is very rare in younger people as the immune system which prevents reactivation has a memory of about 50 years. There is a shingles vaccine but in the UK it will only be free for people aged 70 or more.

      It is possible to catch chickenpox from direct contact with shingles rash.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can child get Chicken Pox from Adult with Shingles?
    Daughter, age 4, has had her Chicken Pox shots within the last year. Mom just got a case of Shingles. Can the girl get Chicken Pox, having had her shots, from the virus being spread from the mom?

    • ANSWER:
      Shingles is contagious only if there is fluid leaking from the blisters and it comes in direct contact with someone. In this case, mom needs to keep the area covered with gauze or bandages. A child, who has not received the Varicella vaccination, can break out in chickenpox, but not shingles. Shingles comes from the same viral strain as chickenpox (varicella-zoster virus). Therefore, if the daughter was vaccinated at least 4 weeks prior to the mom developing shingles, she should be fine. There is some debate on the time frame, but there is evidence that suggests the vaccine may take a while.

      Mom should receive the shingles vaccination (Zostavax) a few weeks after the blisters go away. This decreases her chances of developing shingles again by at least 51%. It is very expensive (about 5 or greater), but Merck, the manufacturer, does offer rebates with only some restrictions. If eligible, she would end up having paid about . If she has any lingering pain (post herpetic neuralgia), the Zostavax vaccine may help to alleviate that.

      I should mention though, that people who have had chickenpox (or the vaccine) or shingles, are at risk for developing shingles later in life. The greatest prevalence is in people 50 and older. Most insurance companies are now paying for these people, whereas in the past, they only paid if you were 65+. The daughter should probably receive the Zostavax vaccine later in life.

      Shingles is often triggered by stress. Stress weakens the immune system and allows shingles to develop. As I said earlier, once vaccinated for shingles, your risk drops by at least 51%.

      The varicella part of the Varicella-Zoster Virus is the chickenpox part.The Zoster (herpes zoster) is the shingles part. You've got to get chickenpox before shingles. The VZV is very similar to herpes simplex (a resting virus that, when triggered, results in fever blisters/cold sores). This is why everyone who has had chickenpox or come in contact with someone who has had shingles, needs to be vaccinated for one/both parts (varicella: chickenpox and zoster: shingles).

      **Edit: Maddison may have been correct in that she was up to date on her vaccinations, but still got chickenpox. However, the MMRV vaccine wasn't available until 2005. Children used to get the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) shot and wouldn't be given the Varicella until later in high school/college years and only if they didn't have chickenpox before. Of course, this varied depending on the physician, availability of the med, and several other factors. The Varicella vaccine was approved for use in the U.S. in 1995. In 2005, the Varicella was added to the MMR, making it MMRV.

  7. QUESTION:
    Does the reoccurrence of shingles happen more often with age?
    My sister contracted shingles from an elderly relative when she was about 6 months old. It happened at a family funeral and the relative did not know he had shingles at the time. I've never had them myself. My sister & I both had chicken pox when we were kids.

    Until a few years ago she never had another occurrence of them. She had a very bad outbreak at 25 and in the years since it seems every few years an outbreak occurs. Her doctor has said she has to ride out the outbreaks and they can only treat the symptoms. Antivirals or steroids, pain medication, etc.

    Should she expect more frequent outbreaks as she gets older? Or is there no correlation?

    • ANSWER:
      Shingles is caused by a herpes virus (Herpes Virus 3 - Varicella zoster virus 'VZV') - the same virus that causes chicken pox. If you have had chicken pox, you have the virus inside of you already.

      The virus enters the body, usually causes some kind of breakout, and then retreats into the nervous system. Once a person is infected, they are infected for life. This means that anyone at all can have an outbreak of shingles at any time, although it is rare for younger people to get it. Usually it appears in people older than 60, or those who have had chicken pox when they were younger than 1.

      There are some studies that show that stress and other factors seem to trigger attacks, but nobody knows exactly why or how to control it.

      Should your sister expect more frequent outbreaks as she gets older? Could be yes, could be no. As she gets older, the chances of more frequent outbreaks are higher, but since the reasons for the attacks are unknown, there is no real answer to your question.

      EDIT:

      Really? Copying my answer word for word? *facepalm* What a loser.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can you get Shingles without ever having Chicken Pox?
    Just been diagnosed with Chicken Pox at 21. Nobody in my family has had it yet my Father claims to have had Shingles as a child yet he has never had Chicken Pox. Is it possible to get Shingles without ever having Chicken Pox, and is he still likely to catch CP?

    • ANSWER:
      It is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster virus which also causes Chicken Pox - you don't have to have that before you get shingles - although it is much more common for the virus to reactivate from infantile CP to cause shingles in later life. It is highly infectious. There is a vaccine called Zostavax but it only has a low efficacy rate. I had Chicken Pox as a baby (when both brothers had it) but no recollection of having it. I did get shingles as an adult - no mistaking that, it felt like I had been kicked by a horse.

  9. QUESTION:
    can a person get chicken pox by somebody has shingles?
    I am having shingles right now
    1.Can my roommate,who never had chicken pox before get chicken pox ?
    2.Can my other roommate who had chicken pox before have chicken by my shingles?

    • ANSWER:
      Chicken pox and shingles are caused by the same virus - varicella zoster virus, which is of the herpes family. Shingles is indeed contagious, so non-immune people can get chicken pox if exposed. Shingles is transmitted through the fluid-filled lesions before they have started to crust over or if the fluid from the lesions get aerosolized. The virus can also be aerosolized during shingles outbreak if you have a severe case which affects your respiratory system and you literally breathe it out, but then you would be in the hospital. The risk of transmission can be minimized by completely covering up the shingles lesions with a good dressing. Your first roommate is it risk of developing chicken pox if he never had chicken pox and never had the vaccine against chicken pox. If he did have the chicken pox vaccine, and the vaccine worked for him, then he should be fine. If he has not been vaccinated, and he hasn't been exposed for more than couple of days, he should go and get vaccinated to reduce the chances of developing chicken pox. Your second roommate is not at risk since he has immunity to the virus. It is not known what triggers a shingles outbreak, but it is not thought to be related to exposure with someone else's shingles outbreak

  10. QUESTION:
    How common is it for a 25 year old to get Shingles? What else do I need to know?
    So I went to the doctor today and was informed that I have shingles. A bit of a shock to me because I know my grandfather has it, and I just thought of it as an old person condition. The doc also told me its Chronic, which..well sucks! What else should I know about it? I have 2 year old boys and I am wondering if they can get chicken pox though they have had the vaccine. Help me out please I am stressing!

    • ANSWER:
      Older folks are more apt to get shingles, but my husband was about your age when he got hit with it.

      Shingles, or "Revenge of the Chicken Pox" is caused by a herpes virus, as is the common cold, cold sores and genital herpes. This family of viruses lurks deep in the nerves for years until some sort of stress in your life gets out of hand and then BANG! When you're at your weakest "Revenge of The Chicken Pox" hits.

      The fact you are so young should make the whole nasty episode less nasty.

      Talk to a nutritionist about supplements you can take to boost your immune system. My husband takes lysine when he remembers. That helps boost immunity.

  11. QUESTION:
    what is the difference between genital shingles and herpes? and how can you tell the diference ?
    from what i can find shingles and herpes seem to be identical ? the only difference i can find is that herpes is transmitted sexually and shingles comes from chicknpox. but i cant find a way to tell genital shingles from herpes ?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi! Genital shingles and genital herpes just come from different strains of the herpes virus.

      Chicken pox is the herpes zoster virus and once you have the infection it remains dormant in your body...usually attaching itself to nerve cells...it can return in the form of shingles and it causes an outbreak of painful blisters that runs along the nerve...this is what makes it so painful and tingly. So it is possible for the outbreak to occur anywhere you have nerves...basically anywhere on your body. If you have an outbreak in the genital area it will be diagnosed as genital shingles. It is not sexual transmitted.

      Genital herpes is the herpes simplex type2 virus...it is contagious in the blister and crusting over phase and is incurable. It lies dormant in the system and outbreaks can and often do return....you would get Zovirax treatment from your doctor or GUM clinic to make recurring outbreaks less painful and ferocious.

      Herpes simplex type1 is the cold sore virus...which also recurs.

      Hope this helps! :-)

  12. QUESTION:
    Is there a link between chicken pox and herpes?
    Is it true that if you have had chicken pox, you can get cold sores on your mouth without having an STD?

    • ANSWER:
      Chicken pox and shingles are caused by the varicella virus. Another name for shingles is herpes Zoster. This is probably why you're thinking that chicken pox is the same thing as herpes or is somehow related.

      Herpes Zoster is NOT the same virus as the herpes that causes cold sores and the genital lesions associated with the STD (these are caused by Herpes Simplex virus).

      Just because the same types of medications (antivirals like Acyclovir) are used to treat both Herpes Simplex and Herpes Zoster doesn't mean they're the same virus. It's just like with antibiotics...an antibiotic can "kill" many different types of bacteria just like an antiviral can treat many different types of viruses.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can a healthy young person get shingles?
    I'm 32 and in good health. I woke up with a rash and y Doctor said it is shingles/herpes zoster. I heard it mostly affects elderly people or people with low immune systems due to HIV or Cancer. Is this normal? I'm in pretty good health, what would cause this to happen???? Also, my daughter has not had chicken pox yet but she's had the vaccine, do I have to worry about her catching chicken pox? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Before the chickenpox vaccine started being routinely given to children, shingles was a disease of the elderly. But because the chickenpox vaccine has reduced chickenpox in the community, it has kept people from getting the natural immunity boosters they need to keep shingles away.

      So fewer kids are getting chickenpox these days, but a lot more people are getting shingles. That's a ridiculous trade-off, since shingles is often a lot worse than chickenpox.

      I got my immunity booster a few years ago when my kids got chickenpox. But in a few more years, I'll start looking for another chickenpox party, to re-expose myself and my kids, so we can avoid shingles.

      You should absolutely not worry about your daughter catching chickenpox from your shingles. You should hope it happens. Then she'll have strong protection against chickenpox, instead of the weak immunity the vaccine provides. If you look for opportunities to re-expose her to chickenpox every once in awhile, she'll be protected from shingles, too.

      Shingles can only cause chickenpox through direct contact with the blister fluid.

  14. QUESTION:
    If some1 has shingles(a form of herpes virus) can this also show up as genital herpes later?
    My long time lover has had shingles in the past and knowing that this is a form of the herpes virus(coming originally from chicken pox). If the immune system has been depleted from stress, depression and recent radiation treatment to the testicular area-is it possible to later have what appears to be pimple like substance -the same as what looks like genital herpes?? Confused and in need of help. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      NO! Absolutely not.

      Shigles and chicken pox are cause by a form of herpes virus. There are 8 differnent herpes viruses that affect humans. What they have in common is that they are latent infections that can become active at any time.

      It cannot turn into HSV1 or HSV2. It just doesn't work like that.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get chicken pox twice?
    My daughter has just recovered from chicken pox. Yesterday I had a very sore back and headache, today I have had fever and spots that look like little pimples, however I have had chicken pox as a kid, thought you couldn't get twice? Can you get this twice please help?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can because the varicella zoster virus will remain in your body for the rest of your life. If a full immunity wasn't built up to it, then you could possibly get it if you come into contact with the virus again(other factors may include a mutation on the virus and/or better host resistance).

      This virus is recrudescent (meaning it can reoccur) because it 'lives' in your nerve cells for the rest of your life. If it comes up again, then it is more than likely shingles (or herpes zoster...same virus/different name). It is usually triggered by stress, and it is very very painful.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can my son who has chicken pox give me shingles?
    The only reason i ask it that i have a very weak immunity to virus`s, i have the herpes simplex virus which i get anti viral medication for because i suffer so badly with it and i have just been reading that chicken pox, shingles and herpes simplex are all from the same dna strain, i had chicken pox myself when i was 8 or 9 and it was quite mild, but my two year old is suffering very badly with it.

    • ANSWER:
      No. THERE ARE LESS CHANCES OF IT BECAUSE THOUGH SMALL LEVEL OF IMMUNITY ALWAYS PERSISTS

  17. QUESTION:
    How can I avoid getting shingles after recovering from Chicken Pox?
    I am 32 and just had Chicken Pox...and heard that after recovery, the virus lies dormant and may develop later into the shingles

    • ANSWER:
      Hello:
      This is in reference to your question posted on yahoo about shingles and chicken pox. Chicken pox is a virus call varicella. After recovering from chicken pox, the varicella virus lies dormant in your body, it is there to stay forever. Most people will get chicken pox and never have a recurrence or reactivation of the virus (reactivation of the varicella virus is called "shingles" or varicella zoster).
      At your age of 32, and if you have a very healthy immune system, it is unlikely you will get an outbreak of shingles. However, if your immune system breaks down or is weakened in any way, ie. HIV infection, cancer, having major surgery, hepatitis, kidney disease, autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis for example, the varicella zoster virus can reactivate causing a case of the shingles. Since the virus lies dormant in nerves, shingles usually follows the path of that particular nerve, especially the nerves at varying levels of your spinal column. That is why when a outbreak occurs the little spots, sores, blisters form in a line. Most of the cases that I have seen wrap around the mid section of the body, ie in a straight line under the armpit for example. The reactivation is excruciatingly painful but there are medications that can be given to reduce the pain and even try to help push the virus back into hiding.
      There is valtrex, famvir, etc. that can be given to patients with outbreaks of shingles and if the person has recurrent outbreaks, they can go on what is called maintenance therapy by taking valtrex every day at a smaller dose which seems to prevent futures recurrences of shingles.
      To answer your question about how you can prevent getting shingles, there really is not any thing special that you can do except for trying to keep your immune system healthy. Vitamin C and zinc have been shown to keep the immune system healthy.
      A well balanced diet, exercise can also keep the immune system healthy.
      As we get older, our immune systems tend to weaken. That is why most cases of shingles are in older individuals or like I said earlier, people with HIV, cancer, autoimmune diseases.
      By the way, varicella is in the same category of viruses that cause fever blisters, cold sores, and genital herpes.
      I hope I answered your question and alleviated some of your concerns about shingles.
      Best regards,
      Warren Shaffer, M.D.

  18. QUESTION:
    Can you have chicken pox more than once?
    I have an auto immune defficiency and I've agreed to babysit my cousins son for the day on saturday who has chicken pox. I had it when I was 6 but I've never had mumps. Is it possible for me to catch it off him?

    • ANSWER:
      Technically yes. But more commonly:
      After you have had chickenpox, you are not likely to get it again. But the virus stays in your body long after you get over the illness. If the virus becomes active again, it can cause a painful viral infection called shingles.

      Shingles is severe nerve ending pain,.. and is no joke. It is MUCH worse than chicken pox.

      If you have an auto immune deficiency -- I would really abstain from being around him.

      It is not worth flirting with the potential of developing shingles.. I assure you. It is one of the most painful conditions -- and is all part of the herpes zoster virus, which creates / causes chicken pox.

      Take care,

  19. QUESTION:
    How many forms of varicella are there?
    I have a germ project to do for my health class and this is one of my question so i was wondering how many forms there exactly are if anyone knows. I have tried searching and searching and nothing comes up except chicken pox and shingles but nothing about how many forms there are of varicella. One more thing we have to dress up as this germ from head to toe full on and i was wondering if anyone had any ideas. I am not a very creative person so anything will help. Thanks in advanced.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure they don't want how many forms of the herpes virus there are.
      Infection with the varicella zoster (VZV) causes the diseases varicella and herpes zoster. Varicella zoster belongs to the herpesvirus family of viruses. Varicella is chicken pox and zoster is shingles.

      There are two types of herpes simplex virus, HSV-1 and HSV-2.
      Human herpes virus 1 (HHV1) is also known as herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1). Commonly causes cold sores

      Human herpes virus 2 (HHV2) is also called herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV2). commonly sauses genital herpes

      Human herpes virus 3 (HHV3) is also called varicella-zoster virus. HHV3 causes chickenpox.

      Human herpes virus 4 (HHV4) is also known as the Epstein-Barr virus. Main cause of mono.

      Human herpes virus 5 (HHV5) is the official name of cytomegalovirus (CMV). CMV is also a cause of mononucleosis.

      Human herpes virus 6 (HHV6) is a recently observed agent found in the blood cells of a few patients with a variety of diseases. It causes roseola

      Human herpes virus 7 (HHV7) is even more recently observed and is closely related to HHV6.

      Human herpes virus 8 (HHV8) was recently discovered in the tumours called Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS).

  20. QUESTION:
    Blood test to check the immunity towards chicken pox?
    I have had chicken pox in the past but still I want to check if I'm still immune to the virsus. What is the exact name of the blood test that will serve my purpose.

    • ANSWER:
      Having had chickenpox once provides you lifetime immunity against ever getting chickenpox again; also, your are immune from catching shingles from anyone, too, which is good, but the chickenpox virus HERPES ZOSTER stays in your body can fester and emerge as shingles, which can be bad, indeed.

      If you have never had chickenpox and you associate with someone who has active chickenpox or active shingles, you will get chickenpox and not shingles, because shingles is a festered version of chickenpox and can only occur to those who've had chickenpox.

  21. QUESTION:
    Are there any ways to stop the spread of chicken pox on your body once you already have it?
    i'm very ill last night. then this morning i saw spots with fluid on my body. and it's chicken pox right! :( please help me. are there any ways to stop this? it's examination week in school, and i can't be absent! need your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Chicken pox is usually spread by breathing in droplets coughed, sneezed, or breathed out by an infected person. Between exposure to the disease and the appearance of symptoms, there is an incubation period begins about 10 to 21 days. Usually a person develops the symptoms 14 to 16 days after exposure.

      A person can spread the disease to others before he or she even has any symptoms of chicken pox. The contagious period begins about 2 days before the rash appears and continues until new sores stop appearing. Once all the sores have turned to scabs, the contagious period is over.

      If you've been exposed to the said disease, there is nothing you can do during the incubation period to prevent the disease if you aren't already immune to it. Pregnant women and high-risk people may be candidates for a shot to prevent or lessen its severity.

      It is rare for a person to have more than once case of such viral disease in a lifetime. But, although a case of the pox causes immunity to the virus, the virus may lay quiet and later reactivated in some adults. This rash, called shingles or herpes zoster, is more common in people over 60 years old. It also happens to people with weakened immune system. Shingles rarely occurs from direct exposure to a person with chicken pox.

      Now here are some tips on how to prevent chicken pox from further spreading to others:

      1. Avoid contact with others during the contagious period - until the sores have turned into scabs. That means anyone with the disease should not be at work, school or day care while contagious. If other people may have been exposed to it, be sure to call and tell them to watch for spots about 2 weeks from the date of exposure.

      2. It's nearly impossible to prevent the spread of chicken pox within a household. Some studies find that nine times out of ten siblings of a chicken pox patient will get the disease.

      3. If you need to take the patient to the doctor's office, call ahead and tell the staff that you suspect chicken pox so arrangements can be made to avoid spreading the disease to other clinic patients. In most cases, patients don't need to come to the clinic. The condition can be successfully handled at home, with calls to the doctor's office for advice.

  22. QUESTION:
    What organism causes chicken pox?
    I have this project to find out which organisms causes a disease so I picked chicken pox. I can't find anything about which organism. I honestly don't think any organism can cause it since you get it from infected people but whatever. So please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      Chicken pox is caused by a virus called the varicella-zoster virus. It is a member of the family of herpes viruses, as are Epstein Barr virus (causing infectious mononucleosis, or "mono") and Herpes simplex (causing cold sores.) It spreads mainly via respiratory secretions - coughing or sneezing.

      Once a person has been infected, the virus usually becomes latent, and may re-activate later in life in the form of shingles

  23. QUESTION:
    How does chicken pox become shingles (specifically)?
    How exactly does chicken pox reappear as shingles to adults sometimes?

    • ANSWER:
      This is true. Chicken pox doesn't "become" shingles. Shingles is a lay term for herpes zoster and is an acute infection caused by the reactivation of the latent varicella zoster virus in adults. It's caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox, varicella zoster. After someone has chicken pox, the virus retreats into one or more nerves and never completely leaves the body. Under certain circumstances, such as emotional stress, immune deficiencies or disorders and cancers, the virus reactivates causing "shingles". But in most cases a reason for the reactivation is never found.

  24. QUESTION:
    How did my toddler get shingles?
    I did not ask the doctor how my child would have gotten shingles since he has never had chicken pox? could it be because of the chicken pox vaccine? Also, everything I have read says they are very very painful. He doesn't act like they are bothering him at all. Anyone else have a toddler who has had shingles?

    • ANSWER:
      Shingles is just a version of the herpes virus. Since your child is small, they may never have a problem with it again. Or, it could come back from time to time. Ask your doctor about preventative methods. But since he is a child, I wouldn't worry too much about it coming back any time soon.

      -Michael

  25. QUESTION:
    Having shingles and chicken pox as a child mean you carry the herpes virus?
    Also does that explain gettin cold sores which then can give you genitial herpes

    • ANSWER:
      Chicken pox and shingles are the varicella zoster virus. It has nothing to do with herpes.

      Herpes virus can give you a cold sore, or it can give you genital herpes, but they are normally two different subtypes.

      Having one does not prevent you from having the other though

  26. QUESTION:
    Are there any know cases of one person getting herpes zoster from another?
    I am aware that the virus that causes chicken pox is from the same family and is contagious.

    • ANSWER:
      "Herpes zoster" generally refers to shingles, the reactivation of the varicella zoster virus which causes chickenpox. A person must first have chickenpox at one point before being able to have shingles, as the virus remains latent in the ganglia of nerve cells until later in life when it flares up again, for whatever reason, be it stress, immunodeficiency, or what have you. I do not believe it to be contagious in the herpes zoster form as the actual virus is deep within the nerves.

  27. QUESTION:
    Has anyone who gets cold sores also had chicken pox?
    I was just wondering that since they're similar viruses your body may be immune to the pox if you get cold sores.

    I have been around chicken pox quite a few times and nothing. Any opinions?

    • ANSWER:
      They are both in the same viral family but believe me one does not provide immunity against the other.

      There are lots of viruses in the herpes virus family, including mono, chickenpox/shingles and the two herpes simplex viruses hsv-1 and hsv-2.

      Contrary to an opinion I often see put on yahoo answers, having chicken pox as a child does NOT give you cold sores! They are completely different viruses!

      Hell, you can still get herpes simplex type 2 when you have type 1, and they are much more closely related than hsv and chicken pox. So no, no immunity.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is normal for my scrotum to also itch when u hv a chicken pox?
    Is that normal? I am 31 yrs of age never had a chicken pox b4 but now recently I am suffering from it and it look very bad coz it's all over my face all the way to my body and worst part my scrotum is also sore and itchy is that normal for that of my body to be infected as well and is the an injection one can get for this virus? Pls help!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes its normal. To help the itching use calamine lotion. Take a cotton ball and use it to dab the lotion on the sores. I would probably recommend just run in the house nude to speed drying up the sores.

      It will be about a week or 10 days before the blisters will pop and dry.

      The good news is that most people get it once in their lifetime, Sometimes twice. But the second time is shingles.

      I remember having this when I was 5 and I had it all over. It itched like mad but try not scratch or you will have scaring from it.

      The cause is the Zoster Virus which is family of the herpes virus. Do not worry since 90% of the population has it but it goes dormant usually after the first infection.

      Its too late to even get the injection for it now since its starting to run its course.

  29. QUESTION:
    I have shingles, but never had chicken pox before?
    I recently had a case of shingles (Herpes zoster), which according to some sites are after-effect symptoms of chicken pox. However, I never had chicken pox before, is this possible and if so, do I have no risk of chicken pox in the future?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't really think it is possible. Check out this website. It is possible though that you could have had a very mild case of chickenpox or maybe you have chickenpox before you were one. Once again, check out this webstite. I don't think you have the risk of chickenpox if you have already had shingles. Did you go to the doctor and be sure that is was shingles and maybe not some other kind of skin irritant? If you are sure it was shingles then, most likely you should have had chickenpox at some point. Were you vaccinated for chickenpox? If so that would be an intersting study.

  30. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between chicken pox and shingles?
    I'm a 51 year old male. I think I have cp but some say shingles. Doesn't itch, doesn't hurt much, just very uncomfortable. Started under my arm, has spread from my nipple to my back all on the right side. Day 5. :(

    • ANSWER:
      That is shingles--it is the typical pattern.
      You will have had chickenpox in the past and the herpes virus has re-emerged.
      For the pain keep yourself doped up with Paracetamol 2 tablets 4x daily
      Take them at regular intervals to stop the pain from breaking through BUT no more than 8 tablets in 24 hours 6-12-6-12 is a good guide.
      http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/diseases/facts/herpeszoster.htm

  31. QUESTION:
    Why is it worse to get chicken pox as an adult than when you're younger?
    I was thinking about this randomly, but yeah.
    When you're an adult, your immunity is way stronger as opposed to when you were little.
    So why does the chicken pox attack you harder when you're an adult?
    Just wondering, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      the chicken pox virus is very similar to herpes, when you are younger the body combats it really well and you become immune, however the virus stays in the spinal fluid in your back and when older it can cause something called shingles (harmless, treatable with a lotion)
      when you are older it can badly affect reproductive organs, also in severe cases with people who have unusually weak immune systems it can lead to liver and kidney faliure.
      hope this helps.

  32. QUESTION:
    I have shingles? How long should I stay away from my 8 month old granddaughter?
    also I am supposed to take my niece to a concert friday she has already had the chicken pox.
    1. How long should I stay away from my granddaughter who has NOT had chicken pox?
    2. Am I ok to take my niece to this concert?

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes zoster (or simply zoster), commonly known as shingles, is a viral disease characterised by a painful skin rash with blisters in a limited area on one side of the body, often in a stripe. The initial infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV) causes the acute (short-lived) illness chickenpox, and generally occurs in children and young people. Once an episode of chickenpox has resolved, the virus is not eliminated from the body but can go on to cause shingles—an illness with very different symptoms—often many years after the initial infection.

      The rash and pain usually subside within 3 to 5 weeks. Many patients develop a painful condition called postherpetic neuralgia, which is often difficult to manage. In some patients, herpes zoster can reactivate subclinically, with pain in a dermatomal distribution without rash.

      Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles, VZV, can be spread from a person with active shingles to a person who has no immunity to the virus by direct contact with the rash, while in the blister phase. The person exposed would then develop chicken pox, not shingles. The virus is not spread through airborne transmission, such as sneezing or coughing. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer contagious. A person is not infectious before blisters appear or with post-herpetic neuralgia (pain after the rash is gone).

  33. QUESTION:
    Is it true that when you have certain diseases like Chicken pox, you get herpes?
    I was taking a test on myspace for fun that told you what disease you are. when I left a comment i began reading others and one girl's results were herpes and in her comment she said something about getting herpes simplex 1 by having diseases such as Chicken pox, measles, shingles, etc. so is it true?
    I'm not asking about shingles, I'm asking if chicken pox is a sign of herpes.

    • ANSWER:
      not at all. herpes is either just a cold sore or sexual disease. chicken pox has nothing to do with either

  34. QUESTION:
    Can the chicken pox virus cause herpes symptoms?
    My wife has herpes symptoms, but test after test comes back negative. However, I had shingles before, which I just found out is a type of herpes virus.

    Could there be a connection between my shingles and my wife's symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Shingles is a herpes virus but is not the same as HSV1 or 2. It can take up to 6 months for antibodies to show up in the bloodstream. From my understanding shingles is only contagious if the person has NOT had the chicken pox.

  35. QUESTION:
    Why can't genital herpes and genital warts be cured?
    Why is it that genital warts and genital herpes can't be cured? I know they are both viral infections but chicken pox are also caused by a virus and that can be cured.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, they're viral integrators. They actually invade your cells and change them (as in DNA). Chicken Pox can't be cured. It only goes dormant. Shingles (herpes zoster) is the reemergence of Chicken Pox.

      Scary stuff, but all too common. There are many public health sites that can break down the details for you.

  36. QUESTION:
    What two things does EVERY virus have?
    Also, viruses have allowed us to understand the function of which aspects of cancer?

    Why do diseases like Herpes and Chicken Pox(shingles) manifest repeatedly once a person is infected?
    That's 3 questions.

    • ANSWER:
      Viruses have a protein coat and a viral genome of nucleic acids.

      Viruses can produce oncogenesis by adding foreign oncogenes when the virus becomes endogenous or the virus can insert their LTR regions that change regulation in resident genes making them oncogenic.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can I catch the chicken pox from some one with shingles.?
    I am not immune to chicken pox, I was tested when I was pregnant and told I am not immune. My mom says I did have the chicken pox when I was little though. I am over 20 and know it can be quite bad to get. My question is, I was exposed to someone with shingles, can I catch chicken pox from them, or would I catch shingles? Also how long after exposer should signs show up if I have caught the chicken pox or shingles?

    • ANSWER:
      Some people who have varicella (chicken pox) as children don't have enough antibodies to be immune as adults. You may be one of those.

      You cannot catch shingles (herpes zoster). You can, however, catch chickenpox from someone with shingles if you aren't immune to chickenpox. There is a vaccination for shingles, but it is recommended only for adults 60 and over. Shingles happens when the varicella virus moves into the nervous system (spine) and become reactivated years later.

      A person with varicella is contagious 1-2 days BEFORE the rash begins and then until all blisters have scabbed over. A person with shingles is contagious (ONLY to people who are not immune to varicella) as long as there are new blisters forming and old blisters healing. If you are exposed, it should take 10-21 days for your symptoms to appear.

      The following are good sources:

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/shingles/DS00098
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chickenpox/DS00053

  38. QUESTION:
    How can someone get chicken pox?Is there a cure for it?
    I don't really have chicken pox but I'm doing a research on it. The word chicken pox makes me think of rubber chickens.Ok, how did it get it's name?Is it when you get reddish spotts on you?I know I didn't stick to the topic but it's still about chicken pox. So basicly I want to know about chicken pox. So feel free too tell me anything about chicken pox.

    • ANSWER:
      Chickenpox (varicella) is a highly contagious viral disease that tends to target children aged under 14 years. Outbreaks are more common in winter and early spring. A vaccine is available.

      Chickenpox is spread by breathing in virus particles from an infected person’s cough, sneeze or exhalation. The principal symptom is the characteristic blistering skin rash. This rash is also infectious, since viruses are contained inside the fluid of each blister.

      An infected person is contagious for up to five days before the rash appears and remains infectious until the blisters form scabs (usually around day five of the illness).

      For healthy people, chickenpox is mild and self-limiting. Those groups more at risk for complications include pregnant women, newborns and people with immune deficiency (such as children with leukaemia). The varicella-zoster virus (VZV) responsible for chickenpox also causes attacks of shingles (herpes zoster) in adults when the latent infection reactivates.

      Symptoms
      The symptoms of chickenpox include:

      A skin rash appears as little blisters surrounded by irregular-shaped patches of inflamed skin (‘dew drop on a rose petal’).
      The rash is intensely itchy.
      The rash usually starts on the body, then progresses to include the head and limbs.
      Ulcers may develop in certain areas, including the mouth and vagina.
      The person usually has a fever.
      After around five days, the little blisters burst and develop crusts.
      Chickenpox and shingles
      The varicella-zoster virus (VZV) responsible for chickenpox also causes attacks of shingles in adults. Following an attack of chickenpox, the virus becomes latent (lies dormant) in certain nerve cells known as dorsal root ganglia. It may reactivate and give rise to an attack of shingles. However, an adult with shingles is much less likely to transmit chickenpox because the virus particles of shingles do not usually live in the throat, so they cannot be breathed out.

  39. QUESTION:
    What itch cream do I use for a allergic reaction with peeling and rashy skin?
    I had been nauseous and fainting. The doc said my kidneys were slightly flared up from dehydration. She said the dehydration was from eatting too many dry foods, foods high in sodium, & too much sugar, so I should drink a lot of water, fluids, & avoid solid food.

    The next day I had a very intense fever & I thought it was a flu symptom, because I knew my roommates had the flu so I thought I was getting it. I took about 4-6 generic Walgreens brand flu pills that were large liquid filled capsules & slept with the window open to cool down. I think I took pepto bismol for nausea too & a couple ibuprofen for my headache.

    The next day when I woke up my back was INSANELY itchy it felt like it was on fire with a bunch of tiny sharp teeth eatting it from the inside out!!! It hurt so bad I wanted to burn off my skin!!! I was rolling on the floor crying from the pain trying not to scratch and occasionally splashing cold water to cool down. This lasted the ENTIRE DAY flaring up worse at points.

    The next day after that my back started peeling & then my face down to my waist on both the front & back sides of my body including my arms. I took the aloe gel and olive oil advice for a week. It helped a lot & a lot has cleared up. The cold weather may've aided in the skin peeIing from sleeping with the window open. I noticed where my thighs & arms are peeling a red rash of raised yet flat bumps is forming.

    Obviously the aloe gel & olive oil (which is for sunburn skin peeling which isn't my situation I haven't been in the sun I've been home during all of this for weeks) isn't fully working against the rash. I've never been allergic to anything, but I've never taken flu meds before so how would I have known? I really think this is a allergic reaction. I had chicken pox as a kid and supposedly have a shingles virus in me. When at the doc's I passed the STD testing. I understand shingles is related to herpes which I don't have. What brand itch cream do I use for this allergy?

    • ANSWER:
      Use an over the counter cortisone cream.

  40. QUESTION:
    If you've had shingles can you still get chicken pox?
    I've had shingles 3 times in my life and now my son has chicken pox, can I get them? Will everyone in my house get chicken pox now that we're exposed?

    • ANSWER:
      Chicken pox and shingles are both from the varicella virus (herpes zoster), so yes, someone can get chickenpox from exposure to shingles. The opposite is true also, you can have an outbreak of shingles from exposure to chicken pox.
      An above answer is correct, when you are infected w/ chickenpox it remains in your body for a lifetime. When it is reactivated it is called shingles (and will have a different appearance or pattern).
      There may not be a cause of shingles outbreaks, but you say you have had it 3 times makes me wonder. Are you regularly exposed to someone w/ this virus? Maybe your home just needs a good scrubbing (your home may look spotless, but viruses are good at hiding).
      The virus is spread through the respiratory system, so a cough or sneeze could send the virus to another person easily. It is also spread through touch.
      Be aware of other problems associated w/ this virus too, such as respiratory problems (very serious) and infections where the blisters were (will occur before they heal).
      Hope this helps, and that you're both in better health soon!

  41. QUESTION:
    How do I get chicken pox?
    I know this sounds ridiculous but I want to get the chicken pox, so that I can get them over with. My niece who's only 1 has them. But my mum doesn't want her round incase my brother gets them. I've never had them myself. I just want to get them, so that I will not get them when I'm an adult. I'm 14.

    • ANSWER:
      Your intention is partly welcome. Chicken pox is the only disease (as far as i know) that is MILD in CHILDREN and SEVERE in ADULTS. Almost all other infectious diseases are more serious in children than adults. So, it seems better to have chicken pox in childhood itself.

      On a personal note, people used to have RUBELLA PARTIES for teenage girls in australia to deliberately expose them to it at an early age, coz, it seriously affects their children if contracted during pregnancy.

      But you must know that though chicken pox cures itself with rest and supportive treatment, the virus stays in your nerve root ganglia (hiding from your immune system) through out your life. when your immunity comes down, due to old age, pregnancy, HIV, Immunosuppressive treatment after transplant, etc. it is reactivated and produce conditions like herpes zoster(shingles), post-herpetic neuralgia, ramsay hunt syndrome, etc. which are much more problematic...

      A vaccine has inactivated virus that produces life long immunity but without all these problems. So, i suggest you better go for vaccine eg. zostavax,, and not a natural infection to get immunity.

  42. QUESTION:
    Health science homework, help! Are there similarities between shingles and chlamydia?
    I can't find the answer anywhere in the book so I'm going to guess that there are no similarities. I know shingles, just like chicken pox, is a form of herpes so I know shingles is a virus of herpes simplex. But I don't think there is a link between shingles and chlamydia.
    Okay, is there maybe a link with acne? I don't think chlamydia causes acne but could I be wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      You're right about shingles, it's caused by the varicella-zoster virus which is a herpes virus. Chlamydia is a group of bacteria including Chlamydia trachomatis (which causes STD's and eye infections) Chlamydia pneumonae (which causes pneumonia), and chlamydia psittici (a zoonosis from parrots).

      There is a link though. Unlike most other bacteria, Chlamydia is a strict intracellular parasite like viruses. Viruses infect cells because they need the cell to reproduce. Chlamydia infects cells because it is not capable of producing ATP on its own.

  43. QUESTION:
    How many days usually the chicken pox stay before going to heal.?
    I am bored to stay home because of the chicken pox. I cannot coming in to my work and I use a lot already my Personal Time Off.

    • ANSWER:
      Chickenpox is a common illness among kids, particularly those under age 12. An itchy rash of spots that look like blisters can appear all over the body and may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Symptoms usually go away without treatment, but because the infection is very contagious, an infected child should stay home and rest until the symptoms are gone.

      Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). Kids can be protected from VZV by getting the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine, usually between the ages of 12 to 15 months. In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a booster shot at 4 to 6 years old for further protection. The CDC also recommends that people 13 years of age and older who have never had chickenpox or received chickenpox vaccine get two doses of the vaccine at least 28 days apart.

      A person usually has only one episode of chickenpox, but VZV can lie dormant within the body and cause a different type of skin eruption later in life called shingles (or herpes zoster). Getting the chickenpox vaccine significantly lowers your child's chances of getting chickenpox, but he or she may still develop shingles later.

      Symptoms of Chickenpox
      Chickenpox causes a red, itchy rash on the skin that usually appears first on the abdomen or back and face, and then spreads to almost everywhere else on the body, including the scalp, mouth, nose, ears, and genitals.

      The rash begins as multiple small, red bumps that look like pimples or insect bites. They develop into thin-walled blisters filled with clear fluid, which becomes cloudy. The blister wall breaks, leaving open sores, which finally crust over to become dry, brown scabs.

      Chickenpox blisters are usually less than a quarter of an inch wide, have a reddish base, and appear in bouts over 2 to 4 days. The rash may be more extensive or severe in kids who have skin disorders such as eczema.

      Some kids have a fever, abdominal pain, sore throat, headache, or a vague sick feeling a day or 2 before the rash appears. These symptoms may last for a few days, and fever stays in the range of 100°–102° Fahrenheit (37.7°–38.8° Celsius), though in rare cases may be higher. Younger kids often have milder symptoms and fewer blisters than older children or adults.

      Typically, chickenpox is a mild illness, but can affect some infants, teens, adults, and people with weak immune systems more severely. Some people can develop serious bacterial infections involving the skin, lungs, bones, joints, and the brain (encephalitis). Even kids with normal immune systems can occasionally develop complications, most commonly a skin infection near the blisters.

      Anyone who has had chickenpox (or the chickenpox vaccine) as a child is at risk for developing shingles later in life, and up to 20% do. After an infection, VZV can remain inactive in nerve cells near the spinal cord and reactivate later as shingles, which can cause tingling, itching, or pain followed by a rash with red bumps and blisters. Shingles is sometimes treated with antiviral drugs, steroids, and pain medications, and in May 2006 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a vaccine to prevent shingles in people 60 and older.

      Contagiousness
      Chickenpox is contagious from about 2 days before the rash appears and lasts until all the blisters are crusted over. A child with chickenpox should be kept out of school until all blisters have dried, usually about 1 week. If you're unsure about whether your child is ready to return to school, ask your doctor.

      Chickenpox is very contagious — most kids with a sibling who's been infected will get it as well, showing symptoms about 2 weeks after the first child does. To help keep the virus from spreading, make sure your kids wash their hands frequently, particularly before eating and after using the bathroom. And keep a child with chickenpox away from unvaccinated siblings as much as possible.

      People who haven't had chickenpox also can catch it from someone with shingles, but they cannot catch shingles itself. That's because shingles can only develop from a reactivation of VZV in someone who has previously had chickenpox.

      Chickenpox and Pregnancy
      Pregnant women and anyone with immune system problems should not be near a person with chickenpox. If a pregnant woman who hasn't had chickenpox in the past contracts it (especially in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy), the fetus is at risk for birth defects and she is at risk for more health complications than if she'd been infected when she wasn't pregnant. If she develops chickenpox just before or after the child is born, the newborn is at risk for serious health complications. There is no risk to the developing baby if the woman develops shingles during the pregnancy.

      If a pregnant woman has had chickenpox before the pregnancy, the baby will be protected from infection for the first few months of life, since the mother's immunity gets passed on to the baby through the placenta and breast milk.

      Those at risk for severe disease or serious complications — such as newborns whose mothers had chickenpox at the time of delivery, patients with leukemia or immune deficiencies, and kids receiving drugs that suppress the immune system — may be given varicella zoster immune globulin after exposure to chickenpox to reduce its severity.

      Preventing Chickenpox
      Doctors recommend that kids receive the chickenpox vaccine when they are 12 to 15 months old and a booster shot at 4 to 6 years old. The vaccine is about 70% to 85% effective at preventing mild infection, and more than 95% effective in preventing moderate to severe forms of the infection. Although the vaccine works pretty well, some kids who are immunized still will get chickenpox. Those who do, though, will have much milder symptoms than those who haven't had the vaccine and become infected.

      Healthy children who have had chickenpox do not need the vaccine — they usually have lifelong protection against the illness.

      Treating Chickenpox
      A virus causes chickenpox, so the doctor won't prescribe antibiotics. However, antibiotics may be required if the sores become infected by bacteria. This is pretty common among kids because they often scratch and pick at the blisters.

      The antiviral medicine acyclovir may be prescribed for people with chickenpox who are at risk for complications. The drug, which can make the infection less severe, must be given within the first 24 hours after the rash appears. Acyclovir can have significant side effects, so it is only given when necessary. Your doctor can tell you if the medication is right for your child.

      Dealing With the Discomfort of Chickenpox
      You can help relieve the itchiness, fever, and discomfort of chickenpox by:

      Using cool wet compresses or giving baths in cool or lukewarm water every 3 to 4 hours for the first few days. Oatmeal baths, available at the supermarket or pharmacy, can help to relieve itching. (Baths do not spread chickenpox.)
      Patting (not rubbing) the body dry.
      Putting calamine lotion on itchy areas (but don't use it on the face, especially near the eyes).
      Giving your child foods that are cold, soft, and bland because chickenpox in the mouth may make drinking or eating difficult. Avoid feeding your child anything highly acidic or especially salty, like orange juice or pretzels.
      Asking your doctor or pharmacist about pain-relieving creams to apply to sores in the genital area.
      Giving your child acetaminophen regularly to help relieve pain if your child has mouth blisters.
      Asking the doctor about using over-the-counter medication for itching.
      Never use aspirin to reduce pain or fever in children with chickenpox because aspirin has been associated with the serious disease Reye syndrome, which can lead to liver failure and even death.

      As much as possible, discourage kids from scratching. This can be difficult for them, so consider putting mittens or socks on your child's hands to prevent scratching during sleep. In addition, trim fingernails and keep them clean to help lessen the effects of scratching, including broken blisters and infection.

      Most chickenpox infections require no special medical treatment. But sometimes, there are problems. Call the doctor if your child:

      has fever that lasts for more than 4 days or rises above 102° Fahrenheit (38.8° Celsius)
      has a severe cough or trouble breathing
      has an area of rash that leaks pus (thick, discolored fluid) or becomes red, warm, swollen, or sore
      has a severe headache
      is unusually drowsy or has trouble waking up
      has trouble looking at bright lights
      has difficulty walking
      seems confused
      seems very ill or is vomiting
      has a stiff neck
      Call your doctor if you think your child has chickenpox, if you have a question, or if you're concerned about a possible complication. The doctor can guide you in watching for complications and in choosing medication to relieve itching. When taking your child to the doctor, let the office know in advance that your child might have chickenpox. It's important to ensure that other kids in the office are not exposed — for some of them, a chickenpox infection could cause severe complications.

      Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
      Date reviewed: August 2006

  44. QUESTION:
    How many types of shingles are there health wise?
    My aunt has shingles on one side of her head it has affected her memory to doctors dieegnoe is demensha. They dont hurt, but they are blisters. What other then pills can she do for them. What or how many types of shingles are there . My mom had them and she couldnt touch her head or her hair it hurt so bad. She got stairrodes for 10days they left How many kinds are there out there. ?? What can you do ?

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes zoster is the virus behind shingles. It is the same virus that causes chicken pox. In adults the shingles virus shows up along a nerve and is usually very painful. The shingles do not cause dementia. Dementia is a brain disorder and was there before the shingles ever came along. I would take her to a dermatologist for a better examination. Like I said, shingles are usually very painful because they show up along a nerve.

  45. QUESTION:
    Is it Possible to get Chickenpox After Getting the Vaccine?
    I was just wondering if my kids have been given both chickenpox vaccines can they still get chicken pox?

    • ANSWER:
      A person usually has only one episode of chickenpox, but VZV can lie dormant within the body and cause a different type of skin eruption later in life called shingles (or herpes zoster). Getting the chickenpox vaccine significantly lowers your child's chances of getting chickenpox, but he or she may still develop shingles later.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can you get shingles from exposure to chicken pox?
    I know shingles happens later in life to people who have already had chicken pox, but what causes it to re-activate? It is possible for a person who has already had chicken pox to get shingles from being around a child who has chicken pox? My nephew was recovering from chicken pox (we were told he was no longer contagious) and my daughter had a friend over, now the friend has shingles, and I'm afraid it's our fault.

    • ANSWER:
      My father-in-law is actually just recovering from shingles. Apparently, chickenpox come from a type of herpes virus. This stays in your system until later in life, when it randomly flares up again.

      Supposedly, once the virus is in your system, you can't be re-infected. If you were told he wasn't contagious anymore, it may have just been a coincidence. Either way, you can't have known that she was going to get sick.

      If it were common, parents would be sick far more often from their children getting chickenpox.

  47. QUESTION:
    Can a first outbreak of Herpes appear on your chest?
    My buddy said he had his first outbreak of herpes on his chest. It was a horseshoe shapped row of bumps. Ive read information on various sites and it doesnt state that.

    • ANSWER:
      There are only two situations that I know of that would cause a "herpes" outbreak on your chest.

      First, he could have shingles. Shingles causes herpes-like sores anywhere on your body. It's caused by the chicken pox virus, and you can't actually have it unless you've had chicken pox. It's most common in the elderly and people with lowered immune systems.

      Second, there are occasionally situations where wrestlers will get herpes outbreaks across their chests and backs. Apparently, someone who wrestles with a cold sore will smear the virus onto the mat, and then someone will have their skin badly abraded across the same mat and get the herpes on their torso. It's rare (since the herpes virus REALLY don't want to be anywhere other than the mouth, genitals and sometimes eyes), and the infected person will probably only ever get that one outbreak - but it does happen. Look up "herpes gladiatorum" for more details.

      Other than those two situations, I don't know how he could have herpes on his chest. Sorry.

  48. QUESTION:
    How would you contact herpes on the stomach?
    My sisters husband got herpes on his stomach? Does it mean that he cheated on her since she doesn't have it? If i stay at their house, can I get it on a place where I am cut? Should I come up with a secret plan to find out if he cheated? He's really nice and always at home, they were at a hotel before he got it.

    • ANSWER:
      You don't usually have herpes on the stomach. It is most common to have herpes on your mouth or genitals. It is possible, but rare, to have it elsewhere on your body (most often - but still quite rare - on the fingers and in the eyes.)

      He may have shingles, which is caused by the chicken pox virus and is very similar to the herpes virus and even looks like herpes.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/shingles/DS00098

      If he has shingles you could catch chicken pox from him if you have not ever had chicken pox, but you won't get shingles from him.

  49. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between regular cold sores and the herpes virus?
    I'm kinda confused cause when I was reading about it, it said something like it's a type of herpes but not actually the STD herpes

    • ANSWER:
      "cold sores" is herpes - they are the same thing only "cold sores" sounds "better" than "herpes" I suppose

      HSV-1 = herpes (usually appears on face - lips, nose, and sometimes eyes ... rarely, it will spontaneously jump to the brain, and is usually fatal)
      HSV-2 = herpes (usually appears on genitals)

      Both types can appear both locations though. For instance, HSV-1 is often seen in the genitals.

      ... and even shingles and chicken pox is herpes

      It's all in the same only most people don't consider "cold sores" or HSV-1 an std because most people get it from relatives as kids.

  50. QUESTION:
    Having unprotected sex with a person infected with chicken pox 20 days back will infect me or not?
    my wife suffered with chicken pox 20 days back. she has recovered well from it. She still has light scars on her body. Does having unprotected sex with her can infect me with checken pox? I did suffer from chicken pox 10 years back...

    • ANSWER:
      I think that you would know by now. You should have life long immunity anyway.
      It is not related to herpes, it is related to shingles. It is unlikely that you will get shingles unless you haven't got great immunity, and as I said, you would know by now anyway.


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