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Can adults catch chicken pox just like kids can?

Can adults catch chicken pox just like kids can?

Yes: If they never had them as a kid they can get them as an adult. Most (80%) who don't recall having them as a kid have blood test evidence that they did have them in the past. However, adult chickenpox is quite worrisome with some developing a fatal pneumonia and many quite sick with the illness. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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What are the adult symptoms of chicken pox that children might not get?

What are the adult symptoms of chicken pox that children might not get?

Varicella: The major complications from chicken pox in adults are : bacterial skin infection, nerve irritation, pneumonia and hepatitis. Although these can occur in children, adults who get chickenpox have even higher rates of complications. ...Read more

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How important it is to take shower during adult chicken pox? Is it required?

How important it is to take shower during adult chicken pox? Is it required?

Beneficial practice: Regular bathing reduces the chance that the blisters of chickenpox will be invaded by bacterial agents. Group a strep, staph & others find the weeping lesions a fertile breeding ground.People are >50x more likely to get flesh eating strep during cpx. Most adults would choose to bathe with these odds but some may not. ...Read more

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Could an adult carry on his hands, chicken pox germs from infected children to other uninfected children?

Could an adult carry on his hands, chicken pox germs from infected children to other uninfected children?

No: If the adult has active chicken pox then yes. If the adult has had chickenpox and is immune then not they will not carry it... Wash hands between touching an infected child and an uninfected child. It is spread primarily through respiratory droplets. ...Read more

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Can you get chicken pox as a adult?

Yes: Anyone can get chicken pox if they have never had it before and were not vaccinated against it. Also, immunosuppressed people may get it anyway. Theoretically it is possible to be infected by someone with shingles (herpes zoster). ...Read more

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What is the actual name of chicken pox in adults?

What is the actual name of chicken pox in adults?

Chicken pox: Still called chicken pox in adults. A special type which affect only a portion of face(like right upper 1/4 of face) or body (like a linear form involving right chest/back ) called shingles(herpes zoster). ...Read more

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How is chicken pox different in adults than children?

How is chicken pox different in adults than children?

Worse: Usually adults would ill seriously. Another type of "chicken pox" in adults is called shingles(herpes zoster). ...Read more

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Why is chicken pox more harmful to adults than to kids?

Why is chicken pox more harmful to adults than to kids?

Get much sicker: Adults get sicker with high fever, more intense itching, and can get other infections such as pneumonia due to lowered immunity caused by the chicken pox. There's also greater risk of death, visible scarring, and shingles resulting from chicken pox in adults. It can also cause sterility in adult men. Adults immune system is stronger which is why they mount more of a response than kids. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are chicken pox dangerous as an adult?

Outcome variability: At it's peak, chickenpox was most common in preschool kids, with > 2 million cases/yr , 50 deaths & 10, 000 hospitalizations. With the adoption of the vaccine the kid problem has become less an issue & sporadic adult cases have gotten more attention. Adults are at higher risk of a fatal pneumonia for reasons that are unexplained.We see a similar increased morbidity with mumps in adulthood. ...Read more

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How soon after chicken pox can an adult go back to work?

About a week: Chickenpox tends to emerge in waves of new spots over a period of 2-5 days.The blister grows, pops ; crusts usually within a single day. A person is considered contagious for 1-2 days before to 6 days after the emergence of the rash. ...Read more

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What food to eat when you have chicken pox to adult female?

What food to eat when you have chicken pox to adult female?

Family practice: You can eat anything that you can tolerate. Soup is always good. ...Read more

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Why is it more dangerous to get chicken pox as an adult than to get it as a child?

Pneomonia: Vericella pneumonia is a life theatening risk for an adult who develops chicken pox. The adult needs to be started on antiviral medications as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Is having chicken pox as an adult truly more dangerous than getting chicken pox as a child?

Is having chicken pox as an adult truly more dangerous than getting chicken pox as a child?

Adult chicken pox: Chickenpox complications are more likely to occur in adults than in children. Despite the fact that adults account for only 5 percent of chickenpox cases per year, they account for a disproportionate number of deaths (55 percent) and hospitalizations (33 percent) compared to children. ...Read more

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Could somebody be sterile from having the chicken pox as an adult?

Not likely: Chickenpox can cause temporary infertility from fever that decreases sperm count. This usually resolves within 90 days. It rarely causes orchitis or testicular inflammation. That is more commonly attributed to mumps so no...Not likely sterility results from chickenpox.. ...Read more

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My four year old nephew has gave me the chicken pox is this dangerous with me being an adult?

My four year old nephew has gave me the chicken pox is this dangerous with me being an adult?

Uncomfortable!: Chicken pox is a condition that is usually more uncomfortable than serious. In the US it's pretty rare because of the widespread use of a vaccine. If you have confirmed CP then your goal is to stay as comfortable as possible and treat fever or itching with appropriate meds. If you develop high fever or large areas of redness see ur doctor as strep infections can occur as a complication. ...Read more

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Does chicken pox in young children always cause shingles later as an adult?

Does chicken pox in young children always cause shingles later as an adult?

See below : Shingles is the reappearance of the chicken pox virus in adulthood after a period of stress or immunocompromise. You must have had chickenpox earlier in life to develop shingles. ...Read more

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