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Doctor insights on: Can You Get Chicken Pox As A Child And Then Again As An Adult

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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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Why is it more dangerous to get chicken pox as an adult than to get it as a child?

Why is it more dangerous to get chicken pox as an adult than to get it as a child?

Pneomonia: Vericella pneumonia is a life theatening risk for an adult who develops chicken pox. The adult needs to be started on antiviral medications as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Is having chicken pox as an adult truly more dangerous than getting chicken pox as a child?

Is having chicken pox as an adult truly more dangerous than getting chicken pox as a child?

Adult chicken pox: Chickenpox complications are more likely to occur in adults than in children. Despite the fact that adults account for only 5 percent of chickenpox cases per year, they account for a disproportionate number of deaths (55 percent) and hospitalizations (33 percent) compared to children. ...Read more

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I did not have chicken pox as a child but have had shingles as an adult. I am on enbrel (etanercept). Should i avoid contact with people with shingles?

I did not have chicken pox as a child but have had shingles as an adult.
I am on enbrel (etanercept). Should i avoid contact with people with shingles?

Not necessary: Although you do not remember having had symptomatic chickenpox as a child you must have gotten it since shingles (herpes zoster) is a recurrence of the varicella zoster virus infection. Once you have this you have it for life. Am surprised that you have not been advised to have the vaccine. In any event you don't have to avoid individuals with shingles. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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If my child has chicken pox, can I get it?

If my child has chicken pox, can I get it?

If susceptable,yes: Most adults have immunity to cpx, even if they do not remember having them .At 35 you were not in an age group that was offered the vaccine starting in 1995, so you would have had it naturally to become immune. If not, between 10-21 days after exposure, you may have a surprise. ...Read more

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Can a child still get chicken pox even though he got all his shots?

Can a child still get chicken pox even though he got all his shots?

Yes: The vaccine is a 2 shot regimen because the first alone does not maintain immunity. So if you only were vaccinated once...Yes you can get a mild case. ...Read more

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