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Varicella Zoster

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Synonyms of Varicella Zoster

  • Chickenpox
  • Herpes Zoster
  • Shingles

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Zoster Sine Herpete

General Discussion

Varicella-zoster is an infectious disease caused by a common virus known as herpes virus, also known as the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). During childhood, the virus causes chickenpox (varicella), while, during adulthood, it causes shingles (herpes zoster). Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease characterized by an itchy skin rash and fever. Chickenpox usually begins with mild constitutional symptoms such as a mild headache, moderate fever and discomfort followed by an eruption appearing in itchy groups of flat or elevated spots and blisters, which form crusts. The virus lies dormant in individuals who have had chickenpox as children. Shingles is a painful localized recurrence of the skin rash during adulthood. Shingles occur because the virus is reactivated.

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