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A 39-year-old member asked:

how does chicken pox spread?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 50 years experience
Contact: It's viral infection. Usually need contact with patient (who acts as source).
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Chickenpox: It takes between 10 and 21 days after contact with an infected person for someone to develop chickenpox (this is known as the chickenpox incubation period). While this is the complete range for the chickenpox incubation period, the usual chickenpox incubation period averages between 14 and 16 days.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you get chicken pox from kissing?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: In the early phase of chickenpox, prior to any blisters, the virus appears in the oral secretions of infected patients. Sharing those secretions could transfer the virus to a susceptible person.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How does a person get chicken pox?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arthur Lavin
Pediatrics 42 years experience
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 breath.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to recover from chicken pox?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Last: It can last for 21 days.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to spread chicken pox by being around someone with them?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Marina Armendariz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: Chicken pox is a virus and it is contagious.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can chicken pox be just in one or two areas without spreading to other areas?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology 38 years experience
No: Chicken pox is an initial varicella viral infection that spreads through-out the body and causes the wide-spread blistering rash. However , a more localized form is referred to as 'shingles' or zoster and that is a reoccurrence of chicken pox.

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