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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Chickenpox is an illness caused by a virus known as varicella zoster. The first time someone is infected with this virus, usually in childhood, he or she will develop an itchy rash consisting of vesicles or fluid filled, reddened blisters. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spread via infected individuals. We now have an effective ...Read more


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What are some symptoms of chickenpox in babies?

What are some symptoms of chickenpox in babies?

Skin lesions: The easiest way to describe chickenpox is when you look at the skin lesions they all appear to be in different stages. The rash you see goes from a pink dot, to small fluid filled blisters to lesions that appear crusted. Thy are all seen at the same time. Lesions crop up for about 5 days, everywhere. Including inside the mouth and other parts of the body. Very itchy. Also have fever, tired, aches. ...Read more

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Is it okay to be in the same train car with a baby who has chickenpox?

Is it okay to be in the same train car with a baby who has chickenpox?

No immunity - no-no: Unless all lesions are scabbed over, if one has an impaired immune system such as a pt with aids, transplant, pregnant, or autoimmune disease on significant immunosuppressive drugs, it's best to stay away from the baby with chickenpox. Otherwise, if you were immunized or had chicken pox in the past, then you are ok. ...Read more

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Do they test babies for chickenpox with titers?

Do they test babies for chickenpox with titers?

I never have: For the seasoned physician, chickenpox has typical enough blisters in most cases that confirmation by blood test is unnecessary & impractical. If there is concern that grandma's diagnosis a month ago was wrong, its less expensive to vaccinate the child than do titers. In young adults & women considering pregnancy who want to be sure they are protected titers have great value. ...Read more

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Would it be acceptable to be in the same car with a baby who has chickenpox?

Would it be acceptable to be in the same car with a baby who has chickenpox?

Depends: Any immune child or adult can sit close to a baby with chickenpox. You will not risk a repeat infection as you might with strep throat. However, a pregnant woman who never had chickenpox would be at risk of infection & transferring it to the unborn baby. ...Read more

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31wks5days preg.Have not had chickenpox and have not been vaccinated.May have been exposed.What should I do &if I do get cpx will my baby be affected?

31wks5days preg.Have not had chickenpox and have not been vaccinated.May have been exposed.What should I do &if I do get cpx will my baby be affected?

Pregnancy & Chickpox: There really isn't anything you can do at this point but to wait. If you do get the chickenpox you will need to be carefully monitored to prevent secondary infections and fevers. The baby should be fine if these are controlled. Since it is a live vaccine you shouldn't get vaccinated at this point. ...Read more

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My baby is 9 months & has mild chickenpox as diagnosed by pediatrician; ppl been tellng me that she might get it again when she is older is that true?

My baby is 9 months & has mild chickenpox as diagnosed by pediatrician; ppl been tellng me that she might get it again when she is older is that true?

Chicken pox/shingles: Since she was not yet vaccinated against chickenpox( usually at 1 year) if she has chickenpox now and it is mild that is not to worry about. But the virus then becomes dormant in your body and can reappear in later life as " shingles". ...Read more

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My friend is nursing her 7 month old since birth, is the baby safe from a sibling having chickenpox?

My friend is nursing her 7 month old since birth, is the baby safe from a sibling having chickenpox?

Do Not rely on That: Although the baby definitely gets an immunity boost from nursing, it is not a 100% guarantee for protection from specific infections. Thus one should minimize exposure, use good handwashing etc. Also keep in mind, if the nursing mom has not had a varicella (chicken pox) infection, she has no immune factors to pass thru the breast milk to the baby. ...Read more

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