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Doctor insights on: Autoimmune Disorders Chicken Pox

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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. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

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


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is it possible to spread the disease (chicken pox)? Im 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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood that a child under one year old will catch chicken pox in the u.S.?

What is the likelihood that a child under one year old will catch chicken pox in the u.S.?

Less than 5%...: ...According to the cdc, because most american children are now vaccinated against the disease. Most cases these days are in children age 4 or younger, either because they haven't been vaccinated (the first shot is usually given at age 1), or because they are in the small group (3%) who are vaccinated and get chickenpox anyway. ...Read more

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How does chicken pox spread?

Contact: It's viral infection. Usually need contact with patient (who acts as source). ...Read more

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How do you treat chicken pox?

Chicken Pox: Making your child feel more comfortable is the main thing- no "cure". Give tepid baths with baking soda or oatmeal powder to soothe itching. Prevent scratching when possible. Your doctor may recommend Benadryl Syrup to decrease itching. Keep the skin clean, and cool. Tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever (NO aspirin) Call your doc if there is high fever. Get the varicella vaccine to prevent it in the first place!! ...Read more

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Can I have chicken pox again?

Can I have chicken pox again?

Rare if ever: If you had true cpx after a year of age you likely have lifelong immunity.People with immune defects or after a bone marrow transplant may be susceptable.Some have questioned whether kids having it under 6mo may be only partially protected, but there are few available to confirm this.You can have a blood test to see if you have antibody protection.Some blistering conditions mimic cpx and are wrong. ...Read more

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What is chicken pox look like?

What is chicken pox look like?

ChickenPoxLookAlikes: Rashes which may look like chicken pox are Herpes Simplex Small Pox Coxsakie Virus Echo Virus Ricketsiapox ...Read more

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How does a person get chicken pox?

How does a person get chicken pox?

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. ...Read more

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How did my child catch chicken pox?

How did my child catch chicken pox?

Chickenpox: Chickenpox is caused by a virus called varicella zoster. The virus is passed through oral and nasal secretions and close contact of unprotected individuals. If your child is immunized and becomes ill with chickenpox chances are the disease will be very mild. The better immunization rates with our children create protection for all our kids. Currently the vaccine is given at ages 1 and 4 years. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Tania Dempsey
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Autoimmune Conditions (Definition)

The body is reacting to something that is indigenous to itself. It is acting as if it is a foreign invader , and 'fighting" it. This is not ...Read more