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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.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Stay Home/Meds: 1 Stay at home as it is very contagious 2 Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) if you have fever 3Take Benadryl for itching 4Drink plenty of fluids 5Ask your doctor for a course of Anti Viral therapy early on like Zovirax for 5 days to shorten the course of disease Most of the time you will recover in 7to10days If any complications consult your Doctor asap
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 susceptable.Some have questioned whether kids having it under 6mo may be only partially protected, but there are few available to confirm this.You can have a blood test to see if you have antibody protection.Some blistering conditions mimic cpx and are wrong.
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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How should I treat chicken pox?

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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Prevention: Provide the varicella vaccine for your child! if chicken pox should occur, treat fever or discomfort with Acetaminophen and prevent secondary skin infection by bathing gently but thoroughly with mild soap once or twice daily. For itching, you can apply plain calamine lotion (over the counter). If itching is severe or painful, or if the chicken pox lesions appear to be infected, call your doctor.
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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).
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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.
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How does chicken pox be avoided?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Vaccinate: Chickenpox is one of the most contagious illnesses that affect humans.As little as an hour in the same room with an infected person has a 95% rate of passing it on to susceptable persons.It can be passed in airborn droplets, saliva or debris from blisters. A vaccine has been available in the us since 1995.
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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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