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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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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 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 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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Can you get chickenpox more than once? If so, how?

Can you get chickenpox more than once? If so, how?

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

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Is it possible to get chickenpox again after getting it as a child?

Is it possible to get chickenpox again after getting it as a child?

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

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Is it normal to get chickenpox twice? Is it common for this to happen?

Is it normal to get chickenpox twice? Is it common for this to happen?

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

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Why do adults and older children get sicker than younger children with chickenpox?

Good question !!: The viral infection is systemic and adults for some reason are more susceptible to brain and lung involvement. ...Read more

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My boyfriend said that you can die if u get the chickenpox 2times in your lifetime is this true?

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

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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 ?

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 more

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Can you get chickenpoxs after you've had shingles?

Can you get chickenpoxs after you've had shingles?

No: Shingles is just evidence the chickenpox germ is already in your body. Once there, the body develops antibodies to the chickenpox & clears so you are immune to a new case. The shingles is thought to represent a weakening of your bodies antibody suppression of the germ which hibernates in nerve nodes after your first CPX. Once you have it, the germ doesn't leave, we hope it just hibernates forever ...Read more

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Do you think that i could get measles if I have already had chickenpox?

Do you think that i could get measles if I have already had chickenpox?

Possibly: These are two separate viruses and having had infection with one does not provide you immunity against the other. There is a vaccine that could protect you if you have not had measles. It is a nasty disease in childen or adults. ...Read more

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Do kids still get chickenpox despite being vaccinated? How common is it these days?

Do kids still get chickenpox despite being vaccinated? How common is it these days?

Yes: The vaccine is thought totally protective for 85% of kids after 1 dose & >95% after two. Some vaccinated kids get a mild case of it (5-20 spots ) while the average wild case= 200+spots. The vaccine has cut the death rate dramatically and reduced hospitalizations due to complications. ...Read more

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Hi! I entered a room, where a person who has chickenpox stays, for about 30 seconds. Is that enough to get me infected?

Hi! I entered a room, where a person who has chickenpox stays, for about 30 seconds.
Is that enough to get me infected?

Secretions? : Your mention of "entering the room" implies you were many feet away form the patient, which is somewhat lower risk. That said, chicken pox is extremely contagious! If you have not had disease, get the shot at your local prim care doctors office tomorrow. It will minimize your chance of full blown disease, with its associated scarring, secondary staph infections and encephalitis. Hope this helps ...Read more

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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?

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

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What should I do to get chickenpox scars off ?

What should I do to get chickenpox scars off ?

Seek consult: Crater scarring is common in chickenpox. Filling, mechanical dermabrasion (planning), or surgical removal/suturing are most common treatments. All scarring is permanent, but these help reduce visual noticeability. ...Read more

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Do people ever get shingles if they never had chickenpox?

Do people ever get shingles if they never had chickenpox?

Yes : More than 50% of chickenpox can present without any symptoms, like the lesions they usually have. So having shingles is a possibility. ...Read more

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