Infections

Expert reports about Infections


INFORMATION FOR WOMEN HAVE SHINGLES DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is shingles?

Shingles, also called herpes-zoster, is a late stage of an infection with a virus called varicella-zoster (VZ). Also called herpes-zoster virus, or herpes-3, VZ is the same virus that causes chickenpox. The difference between chickenpox and shingles has to do with timing of the infection, and with the symptoms. Chickenpox is the acute stage of VZ infection, the stage that develops within a few days of getting infected and that subsides within a couple of weeks. The classic symptoms of chickenpox are a very itchy rash all over the body, fever, coughing, loss of appetite, and headache. Usually, it has been a disease of childhood, because it is extremely contagious, so when one child had it, the virus would spread rapidly. The advent of a chickenpox vaccine in the 1990s has led to a dramatic reduction in the occurrence of chickenpox, but many women who are pregnant today, had chickenpox as children or teens.


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