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Chicken Pox Diseases
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
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
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?
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
What to do if i know chicken pox and meningitis are categorized in a specific disease category. What is it?
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
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can topical steroid treatment be given in viral diseases like varicella, herpes, chicken pox infections?
My daughter was diagnosed at the hospital with chicken pox- could this be hand foot and mouth disease?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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