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Can You Get Chickenpox Twice
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rarely if ever: Chickenpox will confer lifelong immunity with the first infection. There are few cases when this may not be permanent, like those with immune disorders or after bone marrow transplant . There are many rash producing illnesses that mimic chickenpox & these probably account for what many think as a first or repeat case. ...Read more
Absolutely NOT: Chicken pox is a congtageous disease. Once you have the chicken pox, you should be immune. One could get chickenpox and have a rare complication, such as chicken pox pneumonia and possibly die from the complications but this would be extremely rare. One could be immunosuppressed (transplant patient and such) and contract zoster and die from complications. But not, not in general. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
Yes is most cases: There has been some concern that infants. ...Read more
I have never had chickenpox and test showed no immunity, both my children had it when they were young so does that mean i will never get it ?
No.: Not at all. If testing shows that you have no antibodies to the virus, you could get chickenpox at any time in the future, if you are exposed to it. You could get the chickenpox vaccine; but a better idea, at your age, might be to get the shingles vaccine, which immunizes you against both chickenpox and shingles. (they are caused by the same virus.) ask your doctor about it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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