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Behind my ear is also swollen. How is it that doctors test for chicken pox?

Behind my ear is also swollen. How is it that doctors test for chicken pox?

CHICKENPOX: By the characteristic of the rash. It starts as macules to papules to tear drop vesicles on a red base, very itchy and later changed to crusting. They can do serologic tests or viral cultures. ...Read more

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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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Is there a test to determine if someone has had chicken pox as a child?

Is there a test to determine if someone has had chicken pox as a child?

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

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Will past chicken pox cause positive IgG test?

Will past chicken pox cause positive IgG test?

? Igg for Cpx?: A past chickenpox infection should be evident if a sample is testes for chickenpox igg. As it becomes less common, a positive igg study is likely to be the new standard for proving you had it or got the vaccine and may be required for college entry, work, or other reasons. ...Read more

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Does getting vaccinated for chicken pox guarantee that you will never get it in your life? Test basic consult.

Basic answer=no: A single dose given to non-immune person will generally confer immunity to 85%, with 2 doses at least a month apart raising the number to 95%. Those not fully immune have been shown to at least avoid the major complications (death, pneumonia) after at least one dose. Since the vaccine has only been widely available since the 1990's, it will take decades before lifetime immunity can be confirmed. ...Read more

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I am 48, I suspect chicken pox. Is there an actual blood test that proves this? Will see doctor in the a.m., but would like to know ahead of time.

I am 48, I suspect chicken pox. Is there an actual blood test that proves this? Will see doctor in the a.m., but would like to know ahead of time.

Yes: This is usually diagnosed by physical exam but there are blood tests available to confirm it. I never bothered to order them, but they might be important in some settings. ...Read more

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Is it possible to test positive on IgG herpes hsv 2 test and not have it? (Is it possible chicken pox virus/shingles could also cause positive result?)

Is it possible to test positive on IgG herpes hsv 2 test and not have it? (Is it possible chicken pox virus/shingles could also cause positive result?)

False positive: IgG tests are possible. There can be some cross-reactivity with other viral antibodies. The definitive diagnosis of specific viruses including HSV 1, 2 and HIV is a western blot test. This also tests for antibody protein but to the specific virus. I believe getting an HSV2 western blot should be your next step. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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My 3 year old has 24 spots that look like chicken pox on his stomach, blood test came back with negative results. What could it be? No fever just itch

My 3 year old has 24 spots that look like chicken pox on his stomach, blood test came back with negative results. What could it be? No fever just itch

Anything: Could be bug bug bites, papular urticaria, a viral rash, eczema, dry skin. Rashes are not easily diagnosed without seeing them. If it is not chicken pox and is not going away then see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has 24 spots on stomach and leg that look like chicken pox blood test came back negative. No fever what can it be. Just itch?

My 3 year old has 24 spots on stomach and leg that look like chicken pox blood test came back negative. No fever what can it be. Just itch?

Hard to call: With your child having the vaccine and testing negative for varicella/chicken pox-the rash could be a contact rash or due to virus. Doubt insect related. Monitor the rash over time offering comfort care -cool water and moisturizer. If spreads or worsens, seek care to determine what might be progressing. ...Read more

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Dear dr how many days will it take to recover from chicken pox.

Dear dr how many days will it take to recover from chicken pox.

Usually 2 weeks: It takes a couple of weeks for most people to recover from chicken pox. ...Read more

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What is chicken pox?

Infectious Disease: Chicken pox also called Varicella is an infectious disease caused by Varicella virus.It caoses a vescicular rash all over the body. It is very contagious and can be prevented by giving Varicella Vaccine ...Read more

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What to do for chicken pox?

Stay Home/Meds: 1 Stay at home as it is very contagious
2 Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) if you have fever
3Take Benadryl for itching
4Drink plenty of fluids
5Ask your doctor for a course of Anti Viral therapy early on like Zovirax for 5 days to shorten the course of disease
Most of the time you will recover in 7to10days
If any complications consult your Doctor asap ...Read more

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How does chicken pox occur?

How does chicken pox occur?

Respiratory or touch: Wild chickenpox is transmitted by infected patients from 24 hours or more before the first spots for 6 days after the first ones appear. It can pass as airborne particles or through direct contact with secretions. A few hours in the room with a patient can pass it to a susceptible person. After passage, it incubates from 10-21 days before causing spots. A vaccine is available to prevent it. ...Read more

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How does chicken pox spread?

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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Can chicken pox three times?

Can chicken pox three times?

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 susceptible. Some kids having it under 6mo may be only partially protected, but there are few available to confirm this. Many blister producing illnesses are mislabeled as cpx, so many assume they have it again when misdiagnosed. ...Read more

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How do you treat chicken pox?

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?

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 should I treat chicken pox?

How should I treat chicken pox?

Be clean; treat itch: Toddlers with chicken pox usually don't need much treatment. The bumps will break and dry up into little scabs over a week. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be used for fevers the first few days. Regular baths each day will keep the skin clean. Oral plain Benadryl can decrease itching. Older toddlers can try anti-itch skin lotions that don't contain diphenhydramine. More severe cases should be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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How does chicken pox be avoided?

Vaccinate: Chickenpox is one of the most contagious illnesses that affect humans. As little as an hour in the same room with an infected person has a 95% rate of passing it on to susceptable persons. It can be passed in airborn droplets, saliva or debris from blisters. A vaccine has been available in the us since 1995. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What works best for chicken pox?

Chicken Pox: Chicken Pox is a virus that is preventable by receiving 2 varicella vaccinations. If you already have chicken pox, the treatment is supportive. You can take benadryl (diphenhydramine) every 6-8 hours as needed for itching and apply calamine lotion to your skin for itchiness. If you develop worsening symptoms, you should seek medical attention because there can be secondary complications with chicken pox. ...Read more

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What are the signs of chicken pox?

What are the signs of chicken pox?

CHICKEN POX: Chicken pox starts as a small itchy blisters on the face, trunk and scalp. They can then spread to the entire body. This rash is often accompanied by aches and pains, fever, headache, muscle aches, and sore throat. It is highly contagious. ...Read more

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How long can the chicken pox last?

How long can the chicken pox last?

? last?: The chickenpox incubates for 10-21 days in the body before emerging as spots/complications. The person is considered contagious from the day before spots appear until the last spot has crusted & dried or 7 days, whichever is later. Rare cases have complications like pneumonia that put you in the ICU or result in death, so in some it lingers for weeks+. ...Read more

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What causes chicken pox in adults?

Varicella Virus: It is caused by infection with VaricellaChickenPox)virus in adults and children ...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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Could I possibly have chicken pox?

Why you think so: Why do you think you may have chicken pox. If you have symptoms and signs of chicken pox then only you can have chicken pox. ...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