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30 Jul 2008

chickenpocks and other alike virus.
Good day Doc

Please tell me what in short is chicken pocks / Shingles / Herpes? Are they related and if you get it once can you get it again and how to prevent it?

Thanks Kind regards
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Safarigirl,
Shingles and chicken pox is caused by the chicken pox virus (Varicella virus). The Varicella virus lives in the nerves of some people, "sleeping" there until their resistance/immunity drops, when it then infects the skin of that nerve distribution, causing herpes zoster or shingles. A person with shingles can give a child or non immune person chicken pox, but shingles won't cause shingles in other people.
Herpes virus usually causes oral or genital fever blisters.
Dr Bets
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