Latest Chickenpox Stories
People who have had an episode of herpes zoster, also known as shingles, face a relatively low short-term risk of developing shingles.
According to a study published this week by scientists at the University of London, children who soak up more rays from the sun may actually be less likely to spread the virus associated with chickenpox.
Parents who want their children to catch chickenpox at an early age have been known to go to extreme measures to expose them to the illness, but a new fad takes the process to a new, illegal extreme.
Taiwanese investigators have found that there can be a significantly higher risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) occurring in the year following a shingles, or herpes zoster, attack.
Administering both the pneumococcal and the herpes zoster vaccines to patients during the same visit is beneficial and does not appear to compromise the protective effect of the zoster vaccine.
PASADENA, Calif., May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Administering both the pneumococcal and the herpes zoster vaccines to patients during the same visit is beneficial and does not appear to compromise the protective effect of the zoster vaccine, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Vaccine. The study's findings challenge information in the zoster vaccine manufacturer's package insert.
Researchers at the University of Georgia and Yale University have discovered a compound with the potential to be more effective than existing agents in treating the very painful blisters known as shinglesâ€”a condition that affects up to 30 percent of Americans, mostly elderly, and for which no specific treatment exists.
SILVER SPRING, Md., March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the use of Zostavax, a live attenuated virus vaccine, for the prevention of shingles in individuals 50 to 59 years of age.
Herpes zoster (or zoster), is known as shingles or zona and is a viral disease characterized by painful skin rash with blisters in a limited area on one side of the body. Initial infection causes chickenpox. Once chickenpox is over the virus remains in the body and can cause shingles. It can become latent in the nerve cell bodies and sometimes in the dorsal root, cranial nerve, or autonomic ganglion. Years after initial infection, another breakout can cause a painful rash. The rash usually...