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A 28-year-old male asked:

can we give steroid with acyclovir in chicken pox or herpes zoster patient?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
I wouldn't: Any steroid taken during these outbreaks can suppress the body's immune response and increase the intensity of the outbreak.The worst case of chickenpox I ever saw involved a kid given steroids for a skin condition while he was incubating (10-21 days) the chickenpox.

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A member asked:

Is it better for children to get chicken pox than the chicken pox vaccine?

11 doctor answers23 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No: Wild virus chicken pox does carry a risk of complications. In young children, the risk is lower than it is in teens and adults; however, the complications include the potential for life-threatening conditions. Never expose your child purposely to chicken pox. The vaccination is much safer.
A 40-year-old member asked:

I recently had shingles. What can I take during my pregnancy to minimize the transmission of the virus to my baby?

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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Not necessary: Shingles are a skin eruption caused by the chicken pox virus that you likely contracted in childhood. The virus is present in the nerve root supplying the skin area where the eruption occurs. With normal immunity you will also have circulating antibody to the virus that will be protective for the neonate. If you have a suppressed immune system, you should consult your doctor.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is my baby only exposed to the herpes virus by passing through the birth canal, not while it is in the womb?

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Dr. Richard Godt
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Generally speaking, the baby will pick up the herpes virus on the way out of the birth canal and thus delivery should be by cesarean section if there are herpetic lesions present on the vulva at the time of labor.
A 22-year-old member asked:

I learned cold sores are caused by herpes. Is it the same forms as genital herpes?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Can be type 1 or 2: Cold sores on or near the lips are due to recurrence of herpes type 1 or 2. Herpes viruses, after the initial infection, live in a person's nerves and travel down the nerves to the surface to form blisters that break open, spreading more virus. Type 1 is more common on the lips, and type 2 more common on the genitals. With people engaging in oral sex, either type can be in one or both locations.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can a person who has just received the shingles vaccine give you chicken pox?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Yes: If you have not had chickenpox or your immunity is very low, you can get chicken pox after the vaccine. It is uncommon and will be a milder case than usual. You are contagious and need to rest and avoid others until resolved.

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