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Chicken Pox Adults Shingles
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Hey, can I have some help with the recommendations for adults and chicken pox / shingles vaccines?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)
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