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After chicken pox disease, my complexion become dark. Please help me I am in deep grief.

After chicken pox disease, my complexion become dark. Please help me I am in deep grief.

Do not grieve: Change in complexion is unusual with chicken pox or with the use of conventional treatment. Please return to your physician for a reassessment of the reason for this change in color to determine if it is temporary, side effect of medication or a complication of the infection. It is important to confirm that you had varicella and to be certain that the liver has not been affected. Take care. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible to spread the disease (chicken pox)? Im done with it 22 days ago

Is it possible to spread the disease (chicken pox)? Im done with it 22 days ago

Crusted lesions ?: At this stage, only direct contact with ruptured blister fluid can spread the illness, if the skin lesions have all crusted over, you should be non-infectious ...Read more

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2 year old son has red hot bumps on palms, bumps on arms, ankles & a couple on his side, flea bites? Hfm disease? Chicken pox? How to tell difference?

NEEDS to be seen: It's hard to tell by description--so he needs to be seen to get a diagnosis. Chicken pox seems least likely but 'hot bumps' is concerning for an infection/cellulitis. ...Read more

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Does living in the same house with that of a chicken pox patient necessarily lead to contacting that disease?

Yes if never before: All household members are at risk for contracting chicken pox if one member has active chicken pox and these household members have never had chicken pox. If they have contracted chicken pox in the past, then there is theoretically no risk. ...Read more

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What type of disease are chicken pox and meningitis catergorized in?

What type of disease are chicken pox and meningitis catergorized in?

Different: Chicken pox (varicella) is a herpes virus that infects children not immunized against it.Many meningitis infections are also viral but infect the central nervous system and are often much more serious.We vaccinate children to prevent both. ...Read more

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What to do if i know chicken pox and meningitis are categorized in a specific disease category. What is it?

What to do if i know chicken pox and meningitis are categorized in a specific disease category. What is it?

Not exactly: The chickenpox is a virus, while some menifgitis is caused by bacteria-although the majority are oftentimes viral in origin. It is always better to assume that a stiff neck, fever, and altered mental staus is worth a call to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have autoimmune disease. I had severe chicken pox at age 40. Prior to that i was healthy. Could the c.Pox have triggered autoimmunity?

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I have autoimmune disease. I had severe chicken pox at age 40. Prior to that i was healthy. Could the c.Pox have triggered autoimmunity?

Hard to say: Very difficult to say, because virtually everyone got chicken pox before the vaccine; due to this, of course every autoimmune disease sufferer also had chickenpox. I don't believe there have been any studies that link the two, and a cursory search on pubmed reveals nothing. ...Read more

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Could having chicken pox & severe viral myositis at 40yr lead to ai disease with muscle involvemt a few years later or was mild disease alwys present?

Could having chicken pox & severe viral myositis at 40yr lead to ai disease with muscle involvemt a few years later or was mild disease alwys present?

Define AI: We need to clarify what ai is. After chickenpox the virus disappears but remains latent (in hiding and not infectious) in the dorsal ganglion of the neurologic system the virus will not remain in the muscle . It needs to be clarified what type of myositis you actually have. ...Read more

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As a baby i was vacinated for infectious diseases including shingles how ever i did have chicken pox. Any chance i'm not immune for shingles?

As a baby i was vacinated for infectious diseases including shingles how ever i did have chicken pox. Any chance i'm not immune for shingles?

Confusing question: You state you were vaccinated for shingles as a baby, but the vaccine was not licensed for use in the us until 1995, making you 10 before it was available.A single dose at 10 would give 85% protection rate, so having chickenpox later would not be unusual.Either way you could develop shingles in your lifetime, but it is most common in the elderly or those with weakened immune systems.. ...Read more

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Can topical steroid treatment be given in viral diseases like varicella, herpes, chicken pox infections?

Can topical steroid treatment be given in viral diseases like varicella, herpes, chicken pox infections?

Topical Steroids : Topical steroids used on viral infection can affect the healing process. In fact the lesions may heal a lot slower. If you want to use topical steroids to decrease inflammation make sure you also take oral antiviral medications at the same time. ...Read more

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My daughter was diagnosed at the hospital with chicken pox- could this be hand foot and mouth disease?

My daughter was diagnosed at the hospital with chicken pox- could this be hand foot and mouth disease?

Location of rash: Both diseases are caused by viruses, but hand foot and mouth disease is limited to those areas. Chicken pox usually begins in the head and works its way down the body. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood that a child under one year old will catch chicken pox in the u.S.?

What is the likelihood that a child under one year old will catch chicken pox in the u.S.?

Less than 5%...: ...According to the cdc, because most american children are now vaccinated against the disease. Most cases these days are in children age 4 or younger, either because they haven't been vaccinated (the first shot is usually given at age 1), or because they are in the small group (3%) who are vaccinated and get chickenpox anyway. ...Read more

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What is chicken pox?

What is chicken pox?

Infectious Disease: Chicken pox also called Varicella is an infectious disease caused by Varicella virus.It caoses a vescicular rash all over the body.It is very contagious and can be prevented by giving Varicella Vaccine ...Read more

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What to do for chicken pox?

Stay Home/Meds: 1 Stay at home as it is very contagious 2 Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) if you have fever 3Take Benadryl for itching 4Drink plenty of fluids 5Ask your doctor for a course of Anti Viral therapy early on like Zovirax for 5 days to shorten the course of disease Most of the time you will recover in 7to10days If any complications consult your Doctor asap ...Read more

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How does chicken pox occur?

Respiratory or touch: Wild chickenpox is transmitted by infected patients from 24 hours or more before the first spots for 6 days after the first ones appear.It can pass as airborne particles or through direct contact with secretions.A few hours in the room with a patient can pass it to a susceptible person.After passage, it incubates from 10-21 days before causing spots.A vaccine is available to prevent it. ...Read more

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How does chicken pox spread?

Contact: It's viral infection. Usually need contact with patient (who acts as source). ...Read more

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