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What Is the herpes zoster virus?

A: The herpes zoster virus cause of chicken pox, a common childhood disease that is marked with red, itchy sores, fever, and pain. This virus is transmitted by skin contact and is very contagious. It is quite common for one child to spread the herpes simplex virus to an entire class of other children, simply through skin contact. Once the initial chicken pox infection passes, the virus remains dormant in the body. The herpes zoster virus is not the same as herpes simplex. They belong to the same family of

Testing for herpes zoster virus

A: Chicken pox is a viral disease caused by varicella zoster virus. Once the infection is over, small number of viral particles stay dormitory in the body. They might multiply once again when the immune system weakens. Then they would cause herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles. herpes zoster is characterized with rash similar to the one in chicken pox. However, it usually affects the skin from only one dermatom. Severe pain is usually present, too and might be preceding the rash. Some nonspecific symptoms like fever and headache might be present in the beginning of the illness, which might result in misdiagnose. Since you do not report the...

What Is Disseminated herpes zoster?

A: Disseminated herpes zoster is a complication of the herpes zoster virus. Often affecting individuals with compromised immunity, disseminated herpes zoster occurs when the virus spreads throughout the body. Sometimes necessitating hospitalization, treatment for disseminated herpes zoster involves the administration of medications, including steroidal and antiviral drugs, to ease symptoms and prevent complications.. A diagnosis of disseminated herpes zoster is generally made with a visual...


What Is herpes zoster?

A: herpes zoster is commonly known as shingles. The condition manifests itself as a painful, blistering skin rash. It is caused by an acute infection of the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Once you get chickenpox, the virus becomes dormant in certain nerves in the body. Shingles (herpes zoster) manifests itself many years later after the virus becomes reactive (wakes up). It is not known why the virus becomes active again. Most of the time, only one attack such as this will happen. If an adult becomes exposed to the...

What Are the Different Types of herpes zoster Treatment?

A: herpes zoster virus, the pathogen responsible for chickenpox, can lie dormant in the body for several months or years after producing initial symptoms. It can eventually reappear as shingles, a burning, painful rash that usually begins on the back and spreads across the torso. Shingles does not always need to be treated, and most outbreaks go away on their own within a few weeks. Doctors usually recommend herpes zoster treatment, however, to ease symptoms and shorten healing time. The most common herpes zoster treatment is a combination of prescription antiviral drugs, topical analgesics, and soothing home remedies. ...


What Is a zoster virus?

A: A zoster virus is a member of the herpesviridae family. Varicella zoster is a form which can cause chickenpox, and it can also remain latent in the body, causing herpes zoster, a painful condition which is also known as shingles. While the zoster virus is a member of the herpes family, it is not the same thing as genital herpes, and it is not transmitted through sexual contact. In children, infection with varicells zoster leads to the development of chickenpox, a condition which eventually clears on its own, but the

What Is the herpes zoster Vaccine?

A: The herpes zoster vaccine is a live virus vaccination for older adults, designed to help protect against developing shingles or the complicated post-herpetic neuralgia, which can occur after shingles. It prevents shingles, which is a long-term complication of having had chicken pox in childhood and still carrying the virus in the body, as all people do, about 50% of the time. Post-herpetic neuralgia, a very painful complication of shingles, can be prevented about 70% of the time with the vaccine. As people age, the risk of getting shingles increases, and recommendations by most medical agencies, like the US Centers for Disease Control, is that people receive the


What Is the Varicella zoster virus?

A: Varicella zoster virus (VZV) is one of the herpes viruses. That statement may confuse people because they frequently think of herpes as being a sexually transmitted disease or causing cold sores. Actually there are many different herpes viruses, and most people are fairly familiar with varicella zoster virus because it has infected so many people. It causes chickenpox, and also shingles, usually long after people have had an initial chickenpox exposure. When people are not immune to varicella zoster virus, first...

Please Advice some remedies for herpes zosters.

A: herpes is a virus causing a group of spots on an area of inflamed skin. The spots which are also known as vesicles have white heads containing fluids. herpes zoster is a virus infection which is the same as in chicken pox. It is commonly called, ''Shingles''. In shingles damage is usually confined to an area supplied to a nerve. The common sight is the trunk but it may be on the face or even the limbs. Small patches of skin are inflamed, on each are small spots with white tops on a strip of skin supplied by one nerve. In the trunk they follow a circle from back to front. It usually lasts a few weeks and then subsides. The patient is best in bed during the acute...

How can one treat herpes zoster?

A: herpes zoster or Shingles happens when the virus, varicella-zoster, becomes reactivated. Varicella-zoster is the virus that causes chicken pox. After a chicken pox infection, varicella-zoster lives in nerve cells and can be reactivated later in life to cause a rash known as Shingles. Experts aren''t sure what causes the virus to become active again. Besides rash, symptoms of Shingles can include burning, itching, tingling, and pain. If Shingles is diagnosed within the first 72 hours of illness, it can be treated with antiviral medications such as Zovirax (acyclovir), Famvir (famciclovir), and...

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