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varicella zoster virus

  1. nerd

    Poll: Your Original Antigenic Sin (Early Childhood Infections)

    In case you aren't aware of the concept of the Original Antigenic Sin, it's based on evidence how the immune system shapes based on the first childhood infections and that this dominates our lifelong immunity. So there isn't really a scientific consensus yet if this is something positive or...
  2. Hip

    Dr Chia finds 2% of ME/CFS cases are due to varicella zoster virus reactivation (shingles), and this form of ME/CFS is very treatable

    It has been hypothesized that varicella zoster virus (VZV) reactivation in the peripheral nerve ganglia may cause ME/CFS. Dr John Chia finds that around 2% of ME/CFS cases may be due to reactivation of the varicella zoster virus in the dorsal root ganglia. From Dr Chia's experience, ME/CFS due...
  3. heapsreal

    Could it be chronic Varicella Zoster Virus?

    I just want to bring this up for discussion but will start with my experiences that have made me think its possible that VZV could be an ongoing issue with many cfs/me people. SO i had chickenpox as a kid and it ran its course like most kids, so quite benign, a few itchy spots, a few mild viral...