Chickenpox and shingles test

Importance of the Test

What is Chickenpox and shingles test? The test can detect if you are or have ever been infected with the varicella-zoster virus (VZU). The virus is responsible for chickenpox and shingles. The first time someone is infected with VZU, that human is vulnerable to chickenpox, and then they never get it again. Fun fact: The virus always stays attached to you in your nervous system, but it is dormant (inactive). But later in life, it can go active and will cause shingles. It is rare to be infected by shingles, but it can affect you more than once, unlike chickenpox. Both chickenpox and shingles result in skin rashes and blisters. Chickenpox is a very contagious disease that causes itchy, red sore (pox) all over the body. It is a widespread disease in children, and it infects children very quickly. But now that we have a chickenpox vaccine, there have been far fewer cases since the early 21st century. Chickenpox makes children uncomfortable, but it is considered a mild illness in healthy children. But it can cause severe effects on people with weakened immune systems, adults, pregnant women, newborns. Shingles will only affect you if you have previously been affected by chickenpox. It will cause a burning rash that gives you pain. It can either stay on one body part or spread to different parts. More than 30% of Indians are susceptible to disease and will be affected by it once a lifetime, but this only happens after 50. The people affected by shingles take around three to five weeks to recover. But it does result in long-term pain and health problems.

Basic Knowledge

Getting tested on a regular basis will help you detect various illnesses. With regular testing, you can stay healthy and active with Self-Test Diagnostics helping you lead the way. We have been in the at-home testing business for years now. We have a tie-ups with the best laboratories in India including iGenetic Diagnostics and One Billion Diagnostics. Our Phlebotomist has a minimum experience of 5 years and has taken both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. With our accuracy rate of 90%, we are certified by IGNOU. Our services are available for 365 days, and you can customize the packages according to your requirement.

Report Time

24 Hours

Fasting Time

12 Hours

Test for



5-99 years

Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a way to test if you’ve had chickenpox?

How are you tested for shingles?

Shingles are diagnosed based on a history of discomfort on one side of the body and the characteristic rash and blisters. Your doctor will take a tissue scraping or culture of the blisters for laboratory analysis.

What does a positive shingles test mean?