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A 35-year-old member asked:

chickenpox not scabbing over. how do i help it heal?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Simple Healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Is chickenpox still prevalent in the us?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Declined but present: The incidance of chickenpox has declined about 85% from introduction in 1995 to 2004. That translates nationwide to a drop from 2 million down to 300, 000. See aap/redbookvaricella-zoster.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

How is chickenpox transmitted?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Droplet/contact: Chickenpox can be spread by airborn droplets inhaled into the lung or contact with contaminated material ( secretions or debris from blisters).
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A 38-year-old member asked:

I have been possibly exposed to chickenpox, and have lupus, what should I do now?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Talk with Dr: If you had chickenpox as a kid you are likely ok, but your lupus can play games with your immunity. Talk with your doctor about the exposure. There are some medications which can supress the varicella virus if you are susceptable;however, use of any such product should be discussed with the providers who know your case.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can I spread chickenpox to co-workers if someone at home has them ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not unless U have it: Chicken pox can be spread by an active case by airborn droplets starting before the first spots, or the debris from broken blisters. It is passed by active cases(child or adult), not by people who come in contact with them.Routein handwashing should be common to the workplace to prevent you from passing or gaining germs from your workplace & taking them back & forth.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can you get chickenpox twice?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Not really: Typically you can only get chicken pox once. After that you can get a second type of infection from the same virus called shingles. Shingles is a painful rash that follows a nerve track along the surface of your body. The varicella vaccine can help to prevent both of these diseases.

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