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Varicella Zoster


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.

Organizations related to Varicella Zoster
  • American Pain Society
    4700 West Lake Avenue
    Glenview IL 60025-1485
    Phone #: 847-375-4715
    800 #: --
    e-mail: info@ampainsoc.org
    Home page: http://www.ampainsoc.org
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    1600 Clifton Road NE
    Atlanta GA 30333
    Phone #: 404-639-3534
    800 #: 800-311-3435
    e-mail: http://www.cdc.gov/netinfo.htm
    Home page: http://www.cdc.gov/
  • Jack Miller Center for Peripheral Neuropathy
    University of Chicago
    Chicago IL 60637
    Phone #: 773-702-5800
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: information-millercenter@neurology.bsd.uchicago.edu
    Home page: http://millercenter.uchicago.edu
  • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
    150 Custer Court
    Green Bay WI 54301-1243
    Phone #: 920-336-5333
    800 #: 877-336-5333
    e-mail: mums@netnet.net
    Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
  • NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    6610 Rockledge Drive
    Bethesda MD 20892-6612
    Phone #: 301-496-5717
    800 #: --
    e-mail: N/A
    Home page: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/
  • VZV Research Foundation
    24 East 64th Street
    New York NY 10021
    Phone #: 212-371-7280
    800 #: 800-472-8478
    e-mail: vzv@vzvfoundation.org
    Home page: http://www.vzvfoundation.org
  • World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO)
    Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
    Washington DC 20037
    Phone #: 202-974-3000
    800 #: --
    e-mail: postmaster@paho.org
    Home page: http://www.who.ch/



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