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I have autoimmune disease. I had severe chicken pox at age 40. Prior to that I was healthy. Could the c.Pox have triggered autoimmunity?

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I have autoimmune disease. I had severe chicken pox at age 40. Prior to that I was healthy. Could the c.Pox have triggered autoimmunity?

Hard to say: Very difficult to say, because virtually everyone got chicken pox before the vaccine; due to this, of course every autoimmune disease sufferer also had chickenpox. I don't believe there have been any studies that link the two, and a cursory search on pubmed reveals nothing.

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

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What type of disease are chicken pox and meningitis catergorized in?

What type of disease are chicken pox and meningitis catergorized in?

Different: Chicken pox (varicella) is a herpes virus that infects children not immunized against it. Many meningitis infections are also viral but infect the central nervous system and are often much more serious. We vaccinate children to prevent both.

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After chicken pox disease, my complexion become dark. Please help me I am in deep grief.

Do not grieve: Change in complexion is unusual with chicken pox or with the use of conventional treatment. Please return to your physician for a reassessment of the reason for this change in color to determine if it is temporary, side effect of medication or a complication of the infection. It is important to confirm that you had varicella and to be certain that the liver has not been affected. Take care.

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What to do if I know chicken pox and meningitis are categorized in a specific disease category. What is it?

What to do if I know chicken pox and meningitis are categorized in a specific disease category. What is it?

Not exactly: The chickenpox is a virus, while some menifgitis is caused by bacteria-although the majority are oftentimes viral in origin. It is always better to assume that a stiff neck, fever, and altered mental staus is worth a call to your doctor.

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Does living in the same house with that of a chicken pox patient necessarily lead to contacting that disease?

Does living in the same house with that of a chicken pox patient necessarily lead to contacting that disease?

Yes if never before: All household members are at risk for contracting chicken pox if one member has active chicken pox and these household members have never had chicken pox. If they have contracted chicken pox in the past, then there is theoretically no risk.

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Could having chicken pox & severe viral myositis at 40yr lead to ai disease with muscle involvemt a few years later or was mild disease alwys present?

Could having chicken pox & severe viral myositis at 40yr lead to ai disease with muscle involvemt a few years later or was mild disease alwys present?

Define AI: We need to clarify what ai is. After chickenpox the virus disappears but remains latent (in hiding and not infectious) in the dorsal ganglion of the neurologic system the virus will not remain in the muscle. It needs to be clarified what type of myositis you actually have.

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Is it possible to spread the disease (chicken pox)? I'm done with it 22 days ago

Crusted lesions?: At this stage, only direct contact with ruptured blister fluid can spread the illness, if the skin lesions have all crusted over, you should be non-infectious

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As a baby I was vacinated for infectious diseases including shingles how ever I did have chicken pox. Any chance I'm not immune for shingles?

As a baby I was vacinated for infectious diseases including shingles how ever I did have chicken pox. Any chance I'm not immune for shingles?

Confusing question: You state you were vaccinated for shingles as a baby, but the vaccine was not licensed for use in the us until 1995, making you 10 before it was available. A single dose at 10 would give 85% protection rate, so having chickenpox later would not be unusual. Either way you could develop shingles in your lifetime, but it is most common in the elderly or those with weakened immune systems..

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2 year old son has red hot bumps on palms, bumps on arms, ankles & a couple on his side, flea bites? Hfm disease? Chicken pox? How to tell difference?

NEEDS to be seen: It's hard to tell by description--so he needs to be seen to get a diagnosis. Chicken pox seems least likely but 'hot bumps' is concerning for an infection/cellulitis.

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Can topical steroid treatment be given in viral diseases like varicella, herpes, chicken pox infections?

Can topical steroid treatment be given in viral diseases like varicella, herpes, chicken pox infections?

Topical Steroids: Topical steroids used on viral infection can affect the healing process. In fact the lesions may heal a lot slower. If you want to use topical steroids to decrease inflammation make sure you also take oral antiviral medications at the same time.

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My daughter was diagnosed at the hospital with chicken pox- could this be hand foot and mouth disease?

My daughter was diagnosed at the hospital with chicken pox- could this be hand foot and mouth disease?

Location of rash: Both diseases are caused by viruses, but hand foot and mouth disease is limited to those areas. Chicken pox usually begins in the head and works its way down the body.

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Hi doc l had chicken pox wen l was 13 years n de left mi wiz da spots n l want to use clean n clear for spot remover wil it work for mi?

Marks: Marks on face etc from viral infections, rashes like chickenpox fade gradually, you could use over the counter creams too, they might help.

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My son has three red bumps on his body n I think they are chicken pox but not sure?

Chickenpox: Chickenpox usually starts on head & neck area & spreads down & outward. For kids that have been immunized, the appearance is varied and may be just a few spots. Usual appearance of a chickenpox lesion is a clear blister on a red base (dew drop on a rose petal-classic description). Please see your dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. Early treatment of chickenpox decreases discomfort and scarring.

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What does chicken pox look like?

What does chicken pox look like?

Bumps, blisters: Chicken pox typically starts as small red bumps which then turn into small, fluid filled blisters (vesicles) and then crust over. Typically new crops of bumps show up as the older ones are crusting. Children are contagious until all the spots have crusted.

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Can you get chicken pox as a adult?

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).

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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