Varicella Zoster IgM

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Overview Brief

Varicella Zoster IgM is a virus test done to indicate the current or past infections of the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) commonly known as chickenpox.



What is Varicella Zoster IgM?

Varicella Zoster IgM tests for antibodies in the patient’s immune system to determine the level or the stage of Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV), which is a highly contagious disease.

Varicella Zoster IgM will initially detect and diagnose the first illness, but the virus hides in nerves in your body and can become active again later on in life. 

Why is Varicella Zoster IgM suggested?

Varicella Zoster IgM laboratory testing is suggested by the doctor to confirm suspected cases and the cause of outbreaks of the VZV which is indicated by tiredness, headaches, fever & later bacterial skin infections.

How is Varicella Zoster IgM performed?

Varicella Zoster IgM is a test done by a Physician by injecting blood from the vein.

  • Initially, the area of your upper arm will be cleaned by an antiseptic.
  • An elastic band will be tied around your arm.
  • Using a sterile needle into a vein, blood is drawn into a tube attached to the needle.

What are the parameters measured in Varicella Zoster IgM?

The level of Immunoglobulin M (IgM) is tested for in Varicella Zoster IgM.

Preparation before performing Varicella Zoster IgM

Varicella Zoster IgM test does not need any special preparations. However, it’s important to tell your doctor if this is the first or second time the virus has affected the patient.

Post-care after Varicella Zoster IgM

No suggested post care is recommended after a Varicella-Zoster IgM test. The doctor will definitely recommend some ointment or cream for the scabs and to reduce the skin irritation. 

Sample types in Varicella Zoster IgM

For Varicella Zoster IgM blood sample is collected through a syringe in a plastic container.

Side effects/risks of Varicella Zoster IgM

Varicella Zoster IgM is a simplified blood test that has no side effects or risk as only blood is injected out from the patient’s body.

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