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what is chicken pox?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Chickenpox: Chickenpox is a viral illness. Sxs of chicken pox include a rash that develops first into blisters and then into scabs, fever, feeling tired, decreased appetite and headache. Chickenpox complications can include: pneumonia, sepsis, infections of joints/ bones, brain inflammation ; bleeding difficulties.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Infectious Disease: Chicken pox also called Varicella is an infectious disease caused by Varicella virus.It caoses a vescicular rash all over the body.It is very contagious and can be prevented by giving Varicella Vaccine

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How does chicken pox spread?

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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 50 years experience
Contact: It's viral infection. Usually need contact with patient (who acts as source).
A 39-year-old female asked:

Could i possibly have chicken pox?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Why you think so: Why do you think you may have chicken pox.If you have symptoms and signs of chicken pox then only you can have chicken pox.
A 36-year-old female asked:

What to do for chicken pox?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Give it time: Chicken pox is contagious until all the lesions have scabbed over. Oatmeal baths can give some temporary relief as well as an occasional antihistamine for some people. Applying ice or cold compresses may also reduce the itch. Let fevers do their job and do not use fever reducing medications unless needed.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can chicken pox three times?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Rare if ever: If you had true cpx after a year of age you likely have lifelong immunity.People with immune defects or after a bone marrow transplant may be susceptible.Some kids having it under 6mo may be only partially protected, but there are few available to confirm this.Many blister producing illnesses are mislabeled as cpx, so many assume they have it again when misdiagnosed.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How does chicken pox occur?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Respiratory or touch: Wild chickenpox is transmitted by infected patients from 24 hours or more before the first spots for 6 days after the first ones appear.It can pass as airborne particles or through direct contact with secretions.A few hours in the room with a patient can pass it to a susceptible person.After passage, it incubates from 10-21 days before causing spots.A vaccine is available to prevent it.

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