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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience Dermatology
Yes.: The current cdc recommendation is for 2 doses, regardless of age, for anyone school age and older who has never had chickenpox.
Dr. Barry Bergman
40 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: It is recommended that you have a second dose because the immunity cna go away. So get the second dose. Chicken pox as an adult is not a nice illness.
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Certainly: You may have been lucky & developed immunity with one dose, buy 15-20% don't & it is a horrible & potentially fatal disease in adults. Ano ... Read More

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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Not contagious: As previously taught to you Shingles is not contagious. It is a deep (inside the nerves of the affected human) reactivation of their previous infecti ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Chicken Pox Scars: Wash the scarred areas with an Alpha hydroxy cleanser. Alpha hydroxy acids help to exfoliate skin and encourage skin cell regeneration. This means tha ... Read More
Dr. Daniel Careaga
17 years experience Plastic Surgery
Options: You cannot erase scars. Poor scars can be improved through the following methods: 1) scar massage 2) silicone sheeting (a kind of silicone tape y ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlene Wust-smith
31 years experience Pediatrics
Pox scar help : Some scars (regardless of what caused them--acne, varicella, laceration) can be treated by dermatologists with laser, serums, fillers. Would recommend ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Similar but not cxpx: There is a childhood illness that goes around each summer known as hand/foot/mouth disease. The child gets lesions in the mouth like the ones you desc ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vitaliy Krol
18 years experience Infectious Disease
Tb screening : Tb screening should be done first. If there's any concern of underlying untreated active infection such as active TB then live vaccines such as chicke ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Lavin
41 years experience Pediatrics
By catching it: Chickenpox is caused by having a first time infection with a particular virus, the chickenpox or varicella-zoster virus. It is caught by touch and b ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Yes: It can be very serious. Fortunately there are very effective meds.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carin Van Gelder
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
Depends: How old are you? Have you had the vaccine? Are you pregnant? Mostly, avoid others with the varicella virus and wash your hands frequently. If you ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Hard to predict: Most adults have had it as a kid, and have lifelong immunity. Even 95% of those who do not remember having it test positive for past illness. I would ... Read More

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