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Chicken pox timeline

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
CHICKENPOX: It takes 2 weeks after exposure to chickenpox to get the disease. It is vesicular skin lesions that turns into scabs, last for1 to 2 weeks. Lesions ... Read More

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: The best answer depends on the perspective. If you count the 10-21 days that you incubate & have the quiet stage prior to breaking out it is quite lon... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on variables: Most will only have it once. Some have other blister producing illnesses like hand/food/mouth disease and are mislabeled cpx, only to have real cpx la... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Confusing question: Chicken pox heals over time by itself. Any medication taken during the illness (zovirax) may help reduce the intensity of the illness but it does not ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
No: If you had a severe case at age 16 you should be immune to chicken pox and should not get them again.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on variables: If you never had it you may develop it 10-21 (ave 14) days after first exposure and become a new contagious case.You shed virus for a day or so before... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jessica Khan
Infectious Disease 32 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately. These are caused by 2 different viruses that can be acquired by the same means - respiratory spread, or someone sick breathed on you a... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Up to a year: Depending on a variety of factors, the irregularity in skin texture and pigment caused by chickenpox may be noticable for a year or so after the disea... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
Pathology 58 years experience
Short time: 7-10 days is the magic number for most viral infections and if the person is healthy before that is the time frame for them.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No.: It's the same infection - chicken pox is primary and shingles is a recurrence.

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