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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


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Can I get chickenpox twice?

Can I get chickenpox twice?

Yes: I have read of a small fraction of the population that has trouble developing immunity to this virus that may have repeated attacks. Infants who have it in their first year may only develop partial immunity&have it again. In many cases what was thought was chicken pox in the past may have been another of the blistering ailments like hand/foot/mouth virus. ...Read more

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Is chickenpox safe for kids?

Is chickenpox safe for kids?

??confusing question: Wild chicken pox in its hayday annually infected 2-4 million people/yr, usually kids, killed ~50 & led to 10thou hosps in the US. The present vaccine was first available in Japan & evaluated for 16 years before becoming adopted for general use in the US (delay primarily for cost/benefit issues).CP deaths are now quite rare.Negatives include poor protection for some & vaccine related chicken pox. ...Read more

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What is caposi's chickenpox?

What is caposi's chickenpox?

KVE: Kaposi varicelliform eruption (KVE) is a skin eruption caused by a variety of viral infections, which has superimposed on a person with underlying atopic dermatitis or eczema. ...Read more

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Can you get chickenpox twice?

Can you get chickenpox twice?

Yes: If for some reason you don't producce an adequate immune response, especially in children with their first infection under 6 months of age, it is not unusual to get a second infection if you aren't later vaccinated on schedule. ...Read more

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How is chickenpox transmitted?

How is chickenpox transmitted?

Droplet/contact: Chickenpox can be spread by airborn droplets inhaled into the lung or contact with contaminated material ( secretions or debris from blisters). ...Read more

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Where did chickenpox come from?

Where did chickenpox come from?

Varicella: Has been around since the 1600s and has mainly been described in children. It is caused by the herpes zoster virus and even the reason for the name is disputed. It occurs in other primates, chimpanzees and gorillas. This is an interesting question and any other input to the answer would be appreciated. Thanks! ...Read more

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What are the tests for chickenpox?

What are the tests for chickenpox?

Physical exam: Chickenpox is diagnosed by physical exam. Due to the widespread use of the varivax vaccine against the illness, it does not occur very commonly these days, saving the lives of about 100 children a year. Your doctor should be able to tell if it is chickenpox by history and exam. ...Read more

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Where and how do chickenpox start?

Where and how do chickenpox start?

The rash: Starts on the head around the hairline and erupts in clusters over the face and torso mostly. It starts as red spots that develop small vesicles in the middle and then turn into blisters before crusting over. At any time, there are lesions at different stages. ...Read more

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Can I catch the chickenpox again ?

No: If you have had natural chickenpox disease, you should not get this illness again. I am assuming you have a normal immune system on this one. Any of us who have had chicken pox in the past may get a reactivation of the virus in the form of "shingles" http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/shingles-topic-overview ...Read more

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What sort of disease is chickenpox?

It's a viral illness: It used to be extremely common, but isn't anymore now that we vaccinate against it. Prior to the vaccine, 100-200 children per year died in the USA as a result of complications of chicken pox. That number is now much lower. Once you have chicken pox, you have it forever. The virus lies dormant near your spinal cord, and sometimes reactivates. When it reemerges, it's called shingles. ...Read more

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How much time does chickenpox last?

How much time does chickenpox last?

A long time: The chickenpox is considered contagious from 24-48 hours before the onset of the rash until the last new blister is dried out.Generally this is 6-7 days after eruption. A trip outside would probably be fine if those you are in contact with have had cpx in the past or the vaccine. Your skin will be more sensative to sunlight for a while so take precautions. ...Read more

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How should I clean chickenpox lesions?

How should I clean chickenpox lesions?

Clean water: Clean, boiled if need be, water is sufficient. Preferably using gauze boiled in water to gently wipe the lesions should be fine. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get chickenpox twice?

Is it possible to get chickenpox twice?

Immunity with 1st: Chickenpox will confer immunity with the first infection. There are some times when this may not be permanent, as when an infant gets it before 6m when maternal antibody may interfere with antibody production. There are many rash producing processes that may mimic chickenpox & these probably account for what many think as a first or repeat case. ...Read more

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What problems can come from chickenpox?

Rare but worrisome: In the pre-vaccine era we had 50 deaths, 10000 hospitilizations and in excess of 2 million cases/yr. Those infected have a 50X increase in risk of invasive strep bacteria through the skin sores. Chickenpox can produce a terrible pneumonia in newborns and adults, but most will have a mild disease. Later in life, the germ can return from hibernation in your body and cause shingles. ...Read more

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What can be done to not get chickenpox?

Vaccinate: Chickenpox is one of the most easily spread illnesses, passing in droplets in the air, in saliva and from contact with the blister debris. If your not immune, but exposed, there is 95% chance of acquiring the disease.It is contagious from 24-48 hours prior to the first blister is seen until the last blister has dried, roughly a week. ...Read more

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How can I most quickly cure chickenpox?

How can I most quickly cure chickenpox?

Heals on it's own: Chickenpox will erupt over a 4-6 day period and form blisters that eventually dry & crust. Your best method of aiding recovery is keeping the skin clean, monitoring for signs of bacterial infection & supporting the kids physical needs. Good hydration & rest will help the body do its own repair work. I don't believe that any particular lotion helps, though aveno baths cut the itching.. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have chickenpox?

Look at it: Most providers can diagnose it by looking. There is also a blood test to look for specific acute infection antibodies but it would take awhile. ...Read more