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Can Chickenpox Start Out On The Area Near Navel Of A Child
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
UNLIKELY: Shingles is a reactivation of the dormant varicella zoster virus living in someone who had chickenpox at a younger age. The trigger for shingles is usually not exposure the virus itself but a stress (e.g. Physical, emotional, etc.) which causes a suppressed immune system allowing the zoster virus to attack nerve (s). Shingles is more common in older people due to waning immunity/antibody levels. ...Read more
Not necessarily: The presence of fewer blisters during chickenpox in childhood does not predict the degree of your shingles should it happen. The prior infection means you have the virus in your system in hibernation. You can certainly have shingles at some point. When or if you develop shingles, the intensity of the outbreak will depend or your health factors at the time. ...Read more
Should be only one: By getting the chicken pox, one should produce immunity to the pox virus. If there is a second infection, it is probably reactivation of the virus and is called "shingles" or zoster infection. In any case, if your child has an immune problem, any infection is serious and you shold seek prompt medical attention by your pcp, specialty physician or other health care provider. ...Read more
I finished chemo nearly 2 years ago. Is it safe for me to be near a child with chickenpox who has had it for 6days? (i had chickenpox when I was 5)
Difficult issue: If you had a bone marrow transplant and you did not take the vaccine afterward, you would be considered vulnerable. If not, there should be some residual immunity from your childhood, but this is hard to predict. You might want to wait another day or 2 until the kids beyond the contagious period to be sure. Your doc could do some blood tests to verify your present level of protection. ...Read more
Reye's syndrome: Is the concern for kids & aspirin. ...Read more
Yes: A single dose in childhood protects about 85% of recipients while 2 doses at least a month apart brings it up to >95%. Rarely, one could still get it but the partial protection provided by the vaccine series (2) would decrease the risks of a hard case marked by chickenpox pneumonia or other major complications. ...Read more
Unlikely to happen: There are rare cases that reflect poor immune response to the first or any varicella infection in a handful of people. There are also reports suggesting a kid with chickenpox as an infant <1yr, might get again later. In normal people, the illness confers lifelong immunity. Some who were labeled cpx in the past had a different blister producing illness that was mislabeled. ...Read more
Yes or the vaccines: You can acquire the antibodies needed to turn this test positive by having the illness or receiving the vaccines. The test does not distinguish between the two. ...Read more
10-20 days: If exposed to chicken pox (varicella), an unimmunized person may develop a rash in 10-20 days. The rash usually starts on the body or face and resemble a red spot, turns into a blister, then scabs over in a few days. The person is no longer contagious once all the blisters have scabbed. The illness usually lasts 7-10 days. Get a chicken pox shot if you have not had the illness. ...Read more
Mild chickenpox at age 5, much worse case again at 16. Now age 40. Am I immune, or can I catch it a 3rd time, from my child?
Doubt it: You were likely mis-labeled with one of your rash illnesses as a kid. Several enteroviruses produce pox like blisters and mothers were often asked not to bring these kids to the doc where they might infect other kids. Cpx produces lifelong immunity to all but the few with immune problems that would have effected your life by now. ...Read more
I had chickenpox as a child but when tested I was told I am still not immune and can get it again. Why did I not become immune like everyone else?
Immunity can fade: For most immunity is permanent in the majority of people given varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. There are exceptions and immunity can fade even in healthy people. Vaccine should be re-administered if you do not show evidence of immunity (two doses of vaccine separated by at least 4 weeks). Unlikely immune deficiency if otherwise well. Recheck titers 4-8 weeks post-vaccination to gauge response. ...Read more
Complications: Back in the late 60's & early 70's a devistating illness called reye's syndrome started appearing. Kids with chickenpox or flu would appear to get better before lapsing into coma & dying of liver failure. After a link with salycilates (aspirin) was made, we stopped giving it to kids under 16. Reye's has almost disappeared. It didn't happen to all kids, but we never knew how to predict who would. ...Read more
Call the office 1st: Some pcp's wouldn't want your kid in their waiting room exposing other kids & may be willing to counsel you over the phone. Others may wish to see the kid & rule out a copy cat process. I would call during regular office hours & ask. ...Read more
10-21 days.: It takes 10 to 21 days (average 14-16 days) after contact with an infected person for someone to develop chicken pox. ...Read more
Infection risk: Almost every transplant of any organ must be treated with medication to prevent the immune system from rejecting the organ. These medications make it harder for the immune system to do its other jobs too. That includes fighting infection. Your child should see a doctor anytime you suspect he/she is sick because of possible complications. ...Read more
Can I get hsv 2 if I endured chickenpox as a child? Are the symptoms easier? Less likely to transmit?
Entirely different: The only thing common between herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV2) and the chickenpox virus, varicella zoster virus (VZV), is the name herpes. After childhood chickenpox, everyone remains susceptible to HSV2 if exposed. Transmission risk of HSV2 is no different in people with or without past chickenpox. ...Read more
Pls tell me a lotion or cream which can be used during chickenpox (to apply in the body) for a 3 years old child?
A 2 months old child slightly having chickenpox. Is there any treatments? Or it will clear within days automatically? Pls advice
There are........: Your child should be seen by his pediatrician to ascertain if this truly is CP. If so, there is an anti-viral medication, acyclovir, that can be given. Ideally, it should be given within 25hrs of the rash starting. The rash will clear without treatment, however. Your pediatrician can best advise you. ...Read more
Can u pls tell me the dose of Aciclovir for a 3 yrs old child to treating chickenpox (not severe condition). Child weight is 11Kg?
100mg 3x/d - 7d: 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) 3x/d for 1 week ...Read more
Is there a test that can show if I'm infected with chickenpox 2 days only after playing with an infected child? What is the name of the test plz.
No: There is no test to see if one is infected 2 days after exposure. Usually, if a person already had the vaccine or the chicken pox illness in the past, she won't develop chicken pox this time. If no prior history of getting the disease nor the vaccine, one can ask her primary care doctor if the vaccine can be given now. If one is immunosuppressed, her doctor may prescribe helpful medication. ...Read more
Yes: Yes because vaccines depend on how your immune system works. ...Read more
Are there any downsides to getting a shingles inoculation? I'm 50 years old, had chickenpox as a child, I'm healthy.
What is the common age that a child catches chickenpox? My nephew is 13 and has not got them yet. Should we be concerned?
No: Most children have received a chicken pox vaccine by the time they are 15 months old, they now get a booster shot also. Did your nephew get his vaccinations? If so, it is unlikely he will ever get chicken pox. If he hasn't had his vaccination, I would contact his doctor to arrange for that shot! Chicken pox can be a serious disease, causing pneumonia, and it can cause shingles when he is older. ...Read more
I never had chickenpox, today I was exposed to child with it for10 mins, was no direct contact, he didn't cough or sneeze, what'sthe possibility of transm?
Contagiousness: I wish I could reassure you but you have 21 days before the incubation period is totally over. You have three options: a. wait it out b. get a vaccination now c. get a blood chickenpox antibody test. Some people have immunity even though they do not remember having chickenpox. It's a good idea to get an immunization anyway. A chickenpox immunization now will help not hurt. See your Doc! ...Read more
Can my unimmunized infant catch chickenpox from my immunized child who has been exposed but has no rash?
Highly doubtful.: Infants seldom if ever get chicken pox, because they are protected for the first year of their lives by antibodies received from the mother. That's why children are not given the chicken pox vaccine until age 1. If the mother never had chicken pox or the vaccine, and thus has no antibodies, the baby would be susceptible; but that's a very rare situation these days. ...Read more