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Does chicken pox in young children always cause shingles later as an adult?

Does chicken pox in young children always cause shingles later as an adult?

Will not trigger it: The exposure to a child with chickenpox will not cause shingles to appear in an adult. If the adult never had chickenpox (rare) it could be passed to the adult as the generalized illness of chickenpox.Incubation period would be 10-21 days(ave 14). ...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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Are adults more likely or less likely to develop shingles if, every few years, they come into contact with children who have chicken pox?

Are adults more likely or less likely to develop shingles if, every few years, they come into contact with children who have chicken pox?

Depends...: ...On how high your chicken pox antibody titre is. As we get older our antibody levels diminish, and it is thought that when the level drops below some unknown threshold, the next exposure to chicken pox will trigger shingles. (there may be other triggers as well.) the risk increases as you get older, which is why the shingles vaccine (zostavax) is recommended after age 60. ...Read more

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How long should an adult with shingles stay away from children who have not had chicken pox?

How long should an adult with shingles stay away from children who have not had chicken pox?

Best evidence...: ...Suggests that shingles is contagious starting when blisters appear and ending 24 hours after all the blisters have crusted over. This usually takes about 7 days from beginning to end - longer in severe cases. But remember that most kids these days have been vaccinated against chickenpox, so the question is often moot. ...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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How are shingles related to chicken pox?

How are shingles related to chicken pox?

Varicella-Zoster: It is recognized that a virus caused both. After c-pox infection the virus is dormant in skin nerve cells commonly in the face or trunk. If the virus turns active, it causes shingles, and the virus is then referred to as herpes zoster. Virus is activated in people with weakened immune system, such as those with cancer or hiv, over age of 50, ill, injured, or under stress. ...Read more

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Can children get chicken pox from shingles?

Can children get chicken pox from shingles?

Yes.: Shingles lesions contain active chicken pox virus, so a child can catch chicken pox if they have direct physical contact with the rash. It does not transmit through the air. If a child has had both recommended doses of chicken pox vaccine, generally given at age 1 and 4, they're likely to be immune. ...Read more

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Do people ever get shingles from chicken pox?

Get shingles: When a child has chickenpox the virus remains inactive in the body forever. Under some circumstances, it may be reactivated, such as compromised immune system, stress, illness or re exposure to chickenpox. When reactivated, it presents as shingles. ...Read more

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Can chicken pox and shingles at the same time?

Different pattern: Although the germ is the same for both, the definition of the pattern defines them as 2 distinct issues.Chicken pox refers to the first body encounter with a varicella germ where it produces systemic fever and a well distributed rash.Often from 200-500 spots. Shingles refers to a return of the germ from hibernation in your nerve cells, in a localized area defined by the nerve where it was hiding. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more