How Varicella zoster virus Infects Humans
Many would wonder what kind of virus or infection it is. Actually, this virus is one of the 8 herpes viruses known to infect humans.
Basically, primary Varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection result into chickenpox which many at times clears within a week.
However, you can manage this infection by using calamine lotion or by using a painkiller like paracetamol.
Once your clinical symptoms of chickenpox have cleared, Varicella zoster remains dormant in your nervous system i.e. the virus is latent.
Later in life, due to reduced immunity, the virus is reactivated, producing a disease known as herpes zoster/ shingles.
Therefore, if you have sex with someone who has active Herpes zoster can either suffer from H. Zoster or chickenpox.
Vaccination against Chickenpox
- In all viral diseases, there’s no treatment in herpes zoster & chickenpox.
- Applying calamine lotion and administering pain killers like paracetamol.
- Herpes zoster can be managed by use of antiretroviral e.g Aciclovir & Vidarabine.