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Autoimmune Diseases Chicken Pox
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. ...Read more
In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells. List of auto immune disease are many and growing. End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid, pancreas or cells such as ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Can a non-vaccinated child receive a disease like chicken pox or measles from a newly vaccinated child?
What to do if I know chicken pox and meningitis are categorized in a specific disease category. What is it?
Shingles: Shingles, eczema herpeticum, other pox viruses.Get a more detailed answer ›
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. ...Read more
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?
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.. ...Read more
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?
Can topical steroid treatment be given in viral diseases like varicella, herpes, chicken pox infections?
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. ...Read more
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?
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. ...Read more
Diagnosed shingles on 13th aug. Kids at home aged 1 year n 3 years. My son isn't immunized for chicken pox. Can patient cook food n hold kid?
Get Vaccinated: If you are old enough to ask the question you are old enough to have had the vaccine (first widely given in the 90's).If you had it before, you won't get it again. If susceptabe, get the vaccine (if not pregnant). You only have to be briefly in a room with an infected person to get it. Adults are at higher risk than kids of major side effects like encephalitis and pneumonia. ...Read more
Hard to predict: Most adults have had it as a kid, and have lifelong immunity. Even 95% of those who do not remember having it test positive for past illness. I would consider your risk minimal. ...Read more
If susceptable, yes: Most adults have immunity to cpx, even if they do not remember having them. At 35 you were not in an age group that was offered the vaccine starting in 1995, so you would have had it naturally to become immune. If not, between 10-21 days after exposure, you may have a surprise. ...Read more
Symptoms: Chickenpox starts on the central portions of the body, hairline paricularly, as small red dots which advance to pimples and blisters and then scab over. It spreads outward the hands and feet being the last area to be affected. All the stages are seen at the same time pimple blister and scab. ...Read more
Immunity with 1st: Chickenpox will confer immunity with the first infection. There are some times when this may not be permanent, as when an infant gets it before 6m when maternal antibody may interfere with antibody production. There are many rash producing processes that may mimic chickenpox & these probably account for what many think as a first or repeat case. ...Read more
The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more
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