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Can A Dr Test For Chicken Pox
Unlikely to happen: There are a few vaccinated kids who remain less than fully protected, especially if they have not completed the two shot series. However, shingles is not as contagious as the wild chickenpox, it has no airborne phase. To be exposed the child would have to have direct contact with the material from the caretakers wounds. Simple hygienic care/handwashing/etc will avoid passing it on. ...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
How can I get a blood test for herpes virus if i had chickenpox vaccine as a child. Wouldn't it come out positive?
Can you get shingles from a child with chicken pox? A cousin is supposed to come to a family gathering tomorrow and he has chicken pox
No. : No. Shingles is the reactivation of the varicella virus which lives in your body forever after either having chicken pox or after vaccination for chicken pox. People develop shingles when something weakens their immune system causing the virus to "reactivate". Known causes are: - age (over 50) - surgery - medications (such as chemotherapy or transplant medications) - radiation therapy - aids - stress - injury - chronic diseases someone who has never had chicken pox can catch chicken pox from someone with shingles, but not the other way around. ...Read more
Depends: These are different germs that have specific differences on testing. If the test was a non-specific screening test it might be confusing, however, todays strain specific tests easily separate these issues and would identify only the strain or germ involved. ...Read more
None: If the child is post chicken pox, that means the illness is finished. His/her immune system has already done the necessary work, so nothing further is required. ...Read more
Yes: Chickenpox vaccination is not complete protection. People who were previously vaccinated who still develop chickenpox most often have a milder course with fewer lesions ; absence of fever. But 25 to 30% of those can have a course of illness that is the equivalent to that found in an unvaccinated individual. ...Read more
No: A vaccine can only prevent, not treat, rubella. However, a "positive test" usually just indicates that one is already immune, either due to prior infection, or more commonly, prior vaccination. Fortunately, rubella is rare in the developed world due to near-universal vaccination of infants. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antibody levels: One can check for the presence and levels of antibodies (varicella titer) with a blood test that checks if your immune to chicken pox (also known as varicella). It measures your antibody levels to find out whether your immune system can respond to an infection with this disease. ...Read more
Is it possible for you to get shingles or chicken pox if you haven't had the chicken pox, but have had the varicella vaccine?
Maybe: You may have had a mild form of the chicken pox when you were little and you don't even know it. You can have your titers checked and and if they are truly negative you can get the vaccination since getting chicken pox as an adult can be serious. The shingles vaccine is only about 50 percent effective so it is still possible to get shingles even if you have had the vaccine. If you do the case is u. ...Read more
Should i get a shingles shot? 69 years old, had chicken pox, exposed to genital herpes apparently the lowest cost shingles shot i can get is $75, which for a senior on a fixed income is a lot of money.
However, i had chicken pox as a child; i've never
I : I would recommend that it is beneficial to get shingles vaccine for you. The risk of you getting shingles is as average as any person of your age group. Genital herpes does not have any role in incidence of shingles. But the after effects of shingles (postherpetic neuralgia), meaning pain and burning sensation in the area where the person had the rash from shingles even after the rash disappears in some individuals is very uncomfortable and this seems to increase with age. The benefit from vaccine decreases as you delay the vaccine after 70 yrs. The vaccine has shown that it decreases the intensity of shingles episode and incidence and intensity of post herpetic neuralgia. If you sum the cost of the doctor visits and medications needed to treat post herpetic neuralgia, the cost of shingles vaccine is definitely lower. I hope this is helpful. I wish you the very best. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was in contact with a child with chicken pox today, is it effective for me to get the vaccine now to prevent me from getting chicken pox?
Get some protection: The incubation for chicken pox is about 10-21 days (time of contact to development of disease), and vaccine results in some immnity as early as 10 days as well and excellent by 3 weeks time. So, in your case, you will likely get some protection. However, it is a good chance that you are already immuned to it..Likely exposure to it when u were younger..Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: A hand full of people have been reported as having trouble developing immunity to this virus and have repeated attacks. Infants who have it in their first year may only develop partial immunity&have it again. In many cases what were labeled as chicken pox in the past may have been another of the blistering ailments like hand/foot/mouth virus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you get a false positive herpes test if it's by swob? Should you get a blood test to know for a fact? And can folliculitis be mistaken for herpes?
False pos very rare: False positive tests for herpes simplex virus (HSV) (culture or PCR) are extremely rare and you probably don't need a blood test. However, a blood test still may be useful, e.g. to help tell new herpes from a recurrent outbreak, or if for some reason the virus type (HSV1 or 2) wasn't determined from the swab test. Folliculitis and herpes can be confused, but rarely by an experienced clinician. ...Read more
Can you give chicken pox to a pregnant mother who hasn't had it but had the vaccine? I've got the shingles.
Maybe: A single dose of the vaccine protects 85% while 2 doses brings that up to 95%. If she had the vaccine she is likely protected, but some risk remains. Shingles patients do not pass the germ in the air or saliva like chickenpox, the only infectious material comes from the sores.Simply covering the weeping sores and practicing good hand washing can reduce anyone's risk of germ transfer ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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