About Varicella zoster antibodies (igm)
What is varicella-zoster?
The varicella-zoster virus causes an infection called varicella, or more commonly known as chickenpox. Chickenpox is typically a childhood illness which can be prevented by vaccination. Chickenpox symptoms include fever and an itchy blister rash. The rash is contagious until the blisters scab over. The varicella-zoster virus can cause shingles in adults who were infected as children causing pain and blisters. Varicella-zoster antibodies are produced by the body’s immune system to help fight infection against the virus. IgM antibodies are a particular type of antibody and are the first to be produced in response to an infection offering short-term protection.
Why take the test?
This test detects the presence of varicella-zoster IgM antibodies in the blood and can be used to help diagnose a current infection.
How it works
Order your kit
Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to you door. Your kit contains everything you need for the test.
Take your test and post
Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse.
Get results directly to your dashboard
You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.
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