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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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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you get chicken pox from kissing?

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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?

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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?

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Last: It can last for 21 days.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What're the chances of not getting chicken pox when close to someone with chickenpox?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
High attack rate: The attack & acquisition rate for chickenpox approached 100% for susceptible people who spend any time in the same room with an active case. If you had CP in the past your risk approaches zero.Those who had one dose of the vaccine at least 3 wks before exposure have ~15% risk, 2 doses ~5%.
Phoenix, AZ
A 38-year-old female asked:

Should I go to doctors, I believe I have the chicken pox?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Call first: Call first so that you can be isolated when you arrive.

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