Difference between Shingles and Chicken Pox?

Difference between Shingles and Chicken Pox?

Some people really find it difficult to distinguish between Shingles and Chicken Pox. So I have decided to make a clear comparison for both diseases to have a better understanding of the difference between the two.

Shingles and Chicken Pox, both are skin related diseases. They mostly attack on sensitive skin. They are viral diseases and can’t be cured completely using antibiotics. Both of them are caused by the same virus known as Chicken Pox virus.

Shingles is more painful than Chicken Pox. For most of the patients this pain is simply unbearable. The pain in case of Chicken Pox is not as much severe and almost every person can bear this. The only thing that needs to be taken is special care.

Chicken Pox is more contagious that Shingles. For Chicken Pox, it is not necessary to touch the other person to get affected from this problem. The virus can be transmitted to the other person through sneeze or cough. Shingles is also contagious but not to this extent. More chances of getting shingles are through person to person contact.

Sometimes Chicken Pox virus doesn’t leave the body of the patient after he has suffered from this problem. It remains in the body in a sleeping state. When it finds right circumstances, it might again attack the body but this time the result will be Shingles and not Chicken Pox again.

The blisters in case of Chicken Pox are very less or not at all painful. However in case of Shingles, these blisters are very painful. These blisters are fluid filled and have a red base.

Chicken Pox can affect more than one areas of the body. There is blisters formation on most of the skin areas. Shingles only affect a certain body area. Rarely Shingles attack more than one nerve.

Shingles is a much more complex form of Chicken Pox demanding higher level medication. The complications associated with Shingles are much more than that of Chicken Pox. The Shingles complications are very severe too and can cause a lot of damage to human body.

The vaccines for both diseases are different. Vaccine for Chicken Pox is suitable for age group of 12-18 years. But vaccine for Shingles is available for people with age group of 60 and above. In both cases, vaccines play the most important role in order to avoid these problems.

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